LAS VEGAS — AmerisourceBergen's ThoughtSpot 2015 was held here from July 28 to Aug. 1, featuring continuing education sessions, annoucements for major program enhancements, wine and cheese receptions, a packed exhibit hall floor and an opening night pool party.
LAS VEGAS — The exhibit hall at the AmerisourceBergen ThoughtSpot conference was open on Friday and Saturday for pharmacy owners to meet with suppliers and interact with the AmerisourceBergen Solutions Area.
INDIANAPOLIS — Marsh Supermarkets will close all 37 of its Indiana in-store pharmacies during a three-day period beginning May 3, according to several media reports. All prescription information and inventory will be transferred to CVS Pharmacy.
Terms of the Marsh-CVS transaction were not disclosed.
Drug Store News this summer spoke to three Good Neighbor Pharmacy owners as part of its coverage of AmerisourceBergen ThoughtSpot 2016. In these exclusive interviews, independent pharmacists shared changes implemented in their pharmacy to expand patient care and increase front-end profitability, the importance of customer service and the role of the independent pharmacist in the community.
At this year’s Good Neighbor Pharmacy’s ThoughtSpot conference, there were a lot of takeaways from the show that pharmacists can implement immediately upon returning to work. There was a new Innovation and Technology Showcase on the show floor this year. AmerisourceBergen announced its plan to launch a state-of-the-art ordering system called ABC Order, which will be available to customers in 2017.
As critical as it is to celebrate the independent spirit that drives community pharmacists to excel in patient care, it is as critical to empower those independents by ensuring patient access. AmerisourceBergen is empowering its independent partners in three critical ways: by ensuring patient access through its direct relationships with manufacturers, by commanding better terms through greater economies of scale and by heralding the market power independent pharmacy can wield in reaching underserved patient populations with specialty medicines.
Above: Paul Satterfield, Business Coach – Retail for AmerisourceBergen Drug Corp., led two continuing education sessions at Good Neighbor Pharmacy ThoughtSpot 2016: “A Brave New World – of Profit: Turning your Front End from a Convenience Center into a Profit Center,” which he taught alongside fellow Business Coach Danny Nelson, and “Embrace Your Full Potential as a Pharmacy Staff Member: YOU are the Cornerstone of the Patient Experience!”
New to ThoughtSpot this year was an Innovation & Technology Showcase, an exciting extension of the trade show floor. The showcase was dedicated to prototypes, products and services that were both innovative and technology-based, including a preview of ABC Order that took center stage within the showcase. Accompanying the showcase were Solution Spotlight Presentations, education sessions in which many vendors showcased the benefits of services like medication therapy management and medication synchronization.
Above: Elevate Provider Network Vice President Peter Kounelis and Managed Care Director Rick McKaig present the continuing education session “The Motive Behind the Madness: Managing Drug Spend and Trend” at Good Neighbor Pharmacy ThoughtSpot 2016.