NCPA’s Annual Convention Gives Community Pharmacies an Edge


By Kevin Schweers

Between CVS Caremark, health care reform, mandatory mail order – you name it – there’s no shortage of challenges or opportunities for independent community pharmacists. The NCPA Annual Convention and Trade Exposition is the community pharmacist’s best chance to trade ideas with colleagues, discover a new niche service, and learn about how pharmacy’s biggest and growing customer – the government – will impact the bottom line in health care reform and other areas.

Earlier this month, online registration opened and the preliminary schedule was posted, including a keynote address from former Olympic champion Bruce Jenner. And soon NCPA will announce that a bipartisan pair of past U.S. Health and Human Services Secretaries – Michael O. Leavitt and Donna Shalala – will speak about health care reform and provide an insider’s view as the former leaders of the department where some of the most important health care reform implementation decisions will be made.

But at least as important as the motivational speeches and government insights are the unparalleled opportunities to network with fellow community pharmacists and to rack up those continuing education hours and knowledge. Over 70 percent of those surveyed said what they learned during the Convention would “pay for the trip” when they returned to their stores.

For a closer look at what the NCPA convention has to offer, we’ve reposted links to the five-part convention series posted on The Dose late last year:

Similarly, this year’s conference features nearly 20 hours of continuing education credits on topics including marketing, merchandising, technology and niches including long-term care, immunizations, compounding, and more.

1 Response to “NCPA’s Annual Convention Gives Community Pharmacies an Edge”


  1. 1 steve Zielinski RPh October 17, 2010 at 2:53 pm

    Gain the 340B edge only with 340B knowledge at the NCPA conference. I’ve been assisting 340B entities with maximizing the 340B program for over 15 years. Coming from a family of independent pharmacists I understand the opportunity to keep health care local utilizing independent pharmacies and the virtual inventory 340B model. The April 2010 change in guidance allowing for a multi-contract pharmacies to exist as well as expansion of new entities will see an immediate spike in contract pharmacies. At no cost (to the pharmacy or the 340B entity) to participate, the 340B contract pharmacy model is a win-win-win (Patient-Pharmacy- 340B Covered Entity)opportunity. Look for us at NCPA or contact me for info.


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