ALEXANDRIA, Va., Sept. 1 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The National Community Pharmacists Association today announced the launch of a new website, www.PharmacyMatching.com to bring together independent pharmacy owners preparing to sell their pharmacy, existing owners who desire additional stores and entrepreneurs searching for the right opportunity to become a pharmacy owner.
"Now more than ever, the future of community pharmacy depends on the successful transition of ownership to independent owners," said NCPA President and Arlington, TX pharmacy owner Joseph H. Harmison, PD. "NCPA wants to be independent pharmacy's source for matching buyers and sellers to keep independents independent."
Harmison cited recent comments by CVS Caremark CEO Tom Ryan on the company's plans to purchase 200 independent pharmacies a year to increase market share.
"CVS isn't trying to save community pharmacies, but rather eliminate competition," Harmison continued. "The company that controls reimbursement for independents and can subject them to harassing audits at will now wants 200 of them each year to stop serving their communities. Meanwhile there are a number of aspiring entrepreneurs looking to own pharmacies and NCPA wants to be the source for bringing buyers and sellers together to continue our tradition of patient service." The website will offer listing opportunities for both potential pharmacy buyers and sellers, with listing discounts and preference for NCPA members. In addition, the site will help pharmacy owners list available job openings and help recent graduates find placement in independent pharmacies.