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5 Proven Pharmacy Purchasing Strategies to Empower Independent Pharmacies and Stay Competitive

Strategic pharmacy purchasing can empower independent pharmacies to streamline their operations and continue to offer top-notch care to their communities.

5 Proven Pharmacy Purchasing Strategies to Empower Independent Pharmacies and Stay Competitive
Danielle Dinglasan

Danielle Dinglasan

Product Marketing Manager at SureCost

Independent retail pharmacies are up against a number of obstacles in the modern, evolving healthcare environment. The road to success can appear difficult due to escalating operational costs, intricate regulatory compliance and the rivalry provided by large drugstore chains. 

SureCost, has released a thorough white paper 5 Ways Smarter Purchasing Helps Independent Retail Pharmacies Stay Competitive. We’ll delve into the major tactics described in this resource in this blog, enabling independent pharmacies to not only survive, but also prosper. 
 

Maintaining Healthy Margins

The rising expense of running an independent pharmacy is one of their biggest problems. Profitability might suffer from rising drug costs, rising overhead costs and varying reimbursement rates. The white paper emphasizes on the value of maintaining robust margins. Independent pharmacies can obtain better prices and conditions from suppliers by employing wiser purchasing strategies. Smarter purchasing strategies, such as strategic negotiation techniques and sourcing, are key components in ensuring that pharmacies secure favorable pricing and terms from suppliers. This guarantees continued profitability, while delivering the level of superior service that clients need. 

Handling DIR Fees Efficiently

DIR (Direct and Indirect Remuneration) fees are a thorn in the side of many independent pharmacies. These fees can be complex and unpredictable, impacting the bottom line significantly. The white paper provides clarity on managing DIR fees effectively. It offers insights into reconciling these fees, understanding the cost of goods and optimizing pricing compliance. By mastering DIR fees, independent pharmacies can reduce their financial burden and protect their profitability

Streamlining Inventory Management

The management of inventory is essential to the operation of a successful pharmacy. Independent retail pharmacies frequently struggle to maintain inventory levels in response to drug shortages and fluctuating demand. Both overstocking and understocking can result in carrying expenses and unhappy customers. The white paper provides techniques for improving inventory control and provides strategies to streamline this process. By accurately forecasting demand, setting appropriate reorder points and embracing advanced technology solutions, Independent pharmacies enhance their operational efficiency, lower labor expenses and guarantee customer happiness. 

Simplifying DSCSA Compliance

The Drug Supply Chain Security Act (DSCSA) compliance process can be onerous, burdensome and full of possible regulatory concerns. SureCost’s white paper delineates reduced procedures and best practices to make compliance simpler. Using technology, independent pharmacies can automate data management and reporting, maintain accurate transaction records and lower the administrative burden. This allows pharmacies to focus their energy and resources on what truly matters–providing exceptional care to their patients. 

Leveling the Playing Field

Although it can be difficult, competing with big pharmacy chains is not impossible. This issue is acknowledged in the white paper, which also offers solutions for leveling the playing field. Independent retail pharmacies can compete effectively by utilizing technology solutions that increase efficiency and cost-effectiveness, as well as pricing strategies, negotiating tactics and more. By doing this, they can continue to offer individualized service and preserve their distinctive position in the market. 

In an increasingly cutthroat healthcare environment, our white paper, 5 Ways Smarter Purchasing Helps Independent Retail Pharmacies Stay Competitive shines a light of hope for independent pharmacies. In order to protect their revenue, streamline their operations and offer top-notch care to their communities, pharmacies can implement these measures right away.

If you’d like to discover the best purchasing options for your pharmacy, contact us today.

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