Here at PDS, we take pride in highlighting some of our incredible exhibitors. We know these companies have the potential to revolutionize pharmacies just like yours through their products and services. We’re excited to introduce American Associated Pharmacies (AAP). Read on for their sponsored blog post about building your bottom-line.
Your Brand Rx cost of goods is one of the largest factors affecting your independent pharmacy’s bottom line, but it isn’t the only one. You may have found the right buying group or wholesaler, but inefficient processes or small losses that may seem insignificant now could mean a huge difference for your profitability later.
Let’s look at some of the things you should watch for when evaluating the best independent pharmacy business solutions to build your bottom line.
Don’t Lose Your Specialty Patients
Patients on a specialty drug have an average of 13 additional prescriptions.* A majority of these are maintenance prescriptions your pharmacy can fill, but only if these specialty patients continue to come to your pharmacy. They may not return if they are directed to a pharmacy other than yours for their specialty needs, and the specialty drug market is one of the fastest-growing. Specialty drugs are expected to account for 50% of the drug market as soon as this year (2020).
It’s in your best interest to be able to help patients who need these medications, and the good news is that you don’t have to spend tens of thousands of dollars to become certified as a specialty pharmacy yourself. There are programs available to help you keep your specialty patients in your pharmacy while making sure they’re provided with quality specialty care.
*According to Specialty Pharmacy Times Magazine
Keep A Unique Front-End in Your Pharmacy
On average, front-end products carry a profit margin of 15% higher than on prescriptions. This average of 38% for OTCs and other front-end merchandise, much greater than the average of 22% on prescriptions, is a clear opportunity. Are you taking full advantage of that knowledge?
Rather than only stocking items your patients could find in any big-box retail store, you have the opportunity in your pharmacy to be unique. Basic supplements like vitamins are essential and can bring in a hefty amount of revenue. Don’t leave them out! But you can do more. You can carry the variety of over the counter products that big-box stores are spread too thin to offer.
There is a wealth of niche markets to branch into. From specialized health products to pet pharmaceuticals and diabetic footwear, do what only you can do as an independent pharmacy. Take your queues from your community or target market. Attract patients who might otherwise have to travel long distances to find the products they need or order blind from online sources. They’ll be glad you’re there.
Streamline Ordering Within Your Pharmacy
Save precious time by streamlining your ordering process. Having a plan and a robust ordering system will go a long way in this area. Make sure your system will keep an order queue consistent across devices to avoid redundant spending, automatically submit orders to keep you from missing deadlines and make the process as efficient as possible. Don’t waste time typing in numbers, dragging bottles to a stationary scanner, or ordering from multiple websites.
Do your research and find a solution that offers all the flexibility you need in your setup!
About the Author
As a cooperative of over 2,000 member pharmacies with an independently owned warehouse and specialty pharmacy and qualified preferred partners, American Associated Pharmacies (AAP) is so much more than a buying group. AAP provides the tools and resources needed for members to improve their bottom lines, such as business intelligence tools, a powerful proprietary ordering system that syncs across devices, and more! Visit RxAAP.com/ProveIt to learn more.