News & Advice

Michael Varma

Welcome New WSPC Team Member

Michael Varma Data Scientist, Business Insights and Analytics Michael is our resident WSPC Data Scientist (and self-proclaimed numbers nerd) who brings a wealth of business insights, analytics experience, and expert presentation skills to deliver clear and concise strategic initiatives to increase profits. He is adept at solving complex problems by identifying simple solutions that leverage remarkable… Read more »

Brian Nightengale, President, Good Neighbor Pharmacy

Q&A with Brian Nightengale, President, Good Neighbor Pharmacy

By John Bruce, PharmD, CEO WSPC and Brian Nightengale, RPh, PhD, President, Good Neighbor Pharmacy At ThoughtSpot 2018, you announced the redesign of the Good Neighbor Pharmacy program structure. Why were these changes made? Last year, we conducted in-depth market research with pharmacists and patients from across the country to gain insight into how the marketplace… Read more »

Member Spotlight: Medicine Man Athol

Member Spotlight: Medicine Man Athol

Medicine Man Athol: Athol, ID Owner: Barry Feely, RPh Barry has added a fourth Medicine Man Pharmacy to our WSPC roster, and this one is located in a grocery store in the small town of Athol, Idaho. People come to Athol from all over to enjoy Farragut State Park, Lake Pend Oreille, and Silverwood Theme… Read more »

NCPA Advocacy Efforts

Think the NCPA’s Advocacy Efforts Don’t Affect You? Think Again…

Getting results from Congress, federal agencies, state legislatures, and the courts takes strategy and patience. Throughout that process, it’s critical for you to be informed and engaged. These select examples help illustrate the benefits of National Community Pharmacist Association (NCPA) advocacy efforts; in the past year alone, NCPA has: Coordinated 153 industry stakeholders to sign… Read more »

Member Spotlight: Dorado Pharmacy

Member Spotlight: Dorado Pharmacy

Dorado Pharmacy: Odessa, TX Owner: Vastel Patel, PharmD Dorado Pharmacy provides quality medications as well as courteous and personalized service from pharmacists and technicians who have attended formalized training in the special art of compounding. Catering to customers’ requests for quick and convenient service, Dorado Pharmacy has focused on online refills, compounding, and free delivery… Read more »

Retail Trends in Pharmacy

How Retail Trends Are Changing the Pharmacy Game

Contributed by AmerisourceBergen Opportunity has never been greater for independent pharmacies. Retail trends point to the rise of consumer preference for distinctive, locally owned businesses while a cultural shift in values has elevated the importance of leading a healthier, more meaningful life. By leaning into the inherent qualities that enable them to meet those desires… Read more »

Good Neighbor Pharmacy® Branding Seen by 40,000 San Francisco Giants Fans

The Good Neighbor Pharmacy Bay Area Cluster Group was the proud presenting sponsor of the July 7 Giants Major League Baseball game at AT&T Park in San Francisco, CA.[1] The group shared GNP goodies as well as healthy messages with all 40,566 locally loved fans in attendance. The sponsorship included pre-event and game-day promotion, media… Read more »

Not On My Watch

NOT ON MY WATCH! … Again … NOT ON MY WATCH! … Again…

By Dirk White, RPh, Executive Vice President, Legislative Affairs, WSPC As you may recall, this was how Georgia Congressman Doug Collins ended his keynote speech at ThoughtSpot this year. It was a great reminder of the importance of political action. In my home state, many elections have been won or lost on a single vote,… Read more »

Kerri Okamura

WSPC Regional Leader Kerri Okamura Featured by Good Neighbor Pharmacy® as a Pharmacy Pioneer

Kerri Okamura—RPh, Director of Pharmacy Operations, KTA Super Stores, CPESN® Hawaii Luminary, and WSPC Regional Leader—was recently recognized by Good Neighbor Pharmacy as an “influential female pharmacist inspiring change through collaboration and involvement.” Kerri is a pioneer for the current and future state of pharmacy. As the Director of Pharmacy Operations for KTA Super Stores… Read more »

Medicare Open Enrollment

Medicare Open Enrollment is Underway! Enroll Before December 7

Medicare open enrollment is now open and ends December 7. Beneficiaries have a chance to review coverage and make changes for 2019. Remember, our supplier Amplicare offers many products to assist with the plan comparison and enrollment process. As a WSPC member, you receive up to 45% off Amplicare’s monthly rates. Amplicare is also offering… Read more »