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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 »

Good Neighbor Pharmacy

Good Neighbor Pharmacy Ranks Highest Among Brick-and-Mortar Chain Drug Stores

On August 28, 2018, J.D. Power—a global leader in consumer insights, advisory services, and data and analytics—announced that Good Neighbor Pharmacy ranks highest overall among brick-and-mortar chain drug stores, with a score of 903. GNP ranked highest 7 of the 10 years that JD Power has been performing The U.S. Pharmacy Study of customer satisfaction with… Read more »

Our New Digital World

Our New, Digital World

There are many positive things about the growth of our digital world. One undeniable benefit is Google’s ability to help people find businesses they are looking for. Yet we’re continually amazed by how many pharmacies are missing this opportunity. Our data indicates that over 50 percent of independent pharmacies don’t have a website. “Doing business… Read more »

10 Tips for New Pharmacy Managers

By Jason Poquette, RPh, DrugTopics Remember that class in pharmacy school about being an effective manager? No? Neither do I. Typically, pharmacists have very little (if any) real training for the demands of managing a pharmacy. While pharmacy school does a great job preparing you for clinical questions related to drug therapy, there’s typically no… Read more »

2018 WSPC Member Survey

How Are We Doing? Take the 2018 WSPC Member Survey

Your valuable input is needed to help your WSPC Leadership and Operations Teams serve you in our mission to provide outstanding independent pharmacies with a competitive edge. Make sure your voice is heard by taking the survey before it closes on Monday, November 12. This is your chance to weigh in on the conversations that… Read more »

The 8 Best Ways to Communicate with Patients

By Frieda Wiley, PharmD, BCGP, RPh, DrugTopics Did you know that, even though 99% of Americans are reportedly able to read and write to some degree, 21% of Americans can only understand the most basic information? This means that for many of your patients, simply handing over a sheet of dense safety information or quickly… Read more »

Best Practices for Facebook and Instagram

By Andrew Hutchinson, Social Media Today Facebook has launched a new best practices guide for both Facebook and Instagram, which covers all the key basics of each platform, and includes some interesting notes, particularly in the wider context of the company’s more recent shifts. Some of those notes of interest include: All about community – Facebook says that… Read more »

Protect Your Pharmacy

Pharmacies on the Front Line In the mid-90s, trends in healthcare shifted away from treatment and towards prescriptions, and aggressive marketing of drugs such as Oxycontin resulted in physicians being more lenient about prescribing opioids. As opioid use became normalized, prescription drug abuse and addiction skyrocketed to epidemic proportions. The number of people abusing prescription… Read more »