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It’s important to know what makes independent community pharmacies stand out,. Patients today have many options to choose from when determining where they want to fill their prescriptions, buy over-the-counter (OTC) medications, or receive their patient care services, such as immunizations. But, what makes a patient choose an independent community pharmacy over larger national chains or big box pharmacies?
A pharmacy is an important part of a patients health care team, so with any decision, a consumer will weigh the pros and the cons. Please read below for some key reasons why you should choose and independent pharmacy near you.
Personalized patient care
There are many perks to your pharmacy that patients won’t be able to find anywhere else. Services such as smoking cessation, at-home delivery and wellness consultations, likely aren’t offered at competing pharmacies in your area. Even if some of the patient care services your pharmacy provides are offered at other area pharmacies, the personal, individualized attention and care you give to your patients is second to none.
A unique front end
Although you may not think of your front end as the strongest selling point of your pharmacy, your patients may come in your pharmacy just for your front end. For example, if you offer one-of-a-kind, local gifts and products made by local artisans or vendors in your community, this gives patients a reason to frequent your front end over a dollar store or national chain pharmacy.
Above-and-beyond customer service
Unlike large retailers, your pharmacy business is a family. The friendly, thoughtful service you provide is what keeps your patients coming back. According to Consumer Reports, “Independents scored highest in every area of customer service. At least 90 percent of shoppers at independents rated their pharmacy as ‘Excellent’ or ‘Very Good’ in speed and accuracy, courtesy and helpfulness, and pharmacists’ knowledge. No other type of drug store came close.”
The little touches you offer as an independent pharmacy owner, such as personally calling a patient back on the phone, your pharmacy’s welcoming atmosphere, and the timeliness of your prescription refills, are just a few ways that contribute to the superb customer service you provide.
Supporting the local economy
Your independent community pharmacy is called a community pharmacy for a reason; your business supports the community. Not only does your business create jobs for pharmacists, pharmacy technicians and non-pharmacy employees in the area, but your business also gives back to your community in many ways, as well. Your employees may volunteer at charitable functions, educational events or community health fairs, for example. When patients choose your pharmacy over a national chain or big box pharmacy, supporting the local economy is likely a contributing factor.