We have expressed our thoughts about the urgency for community pharmacy owners to adapt and take back control of their future in an number of previous Viewpoint articles (see below). To reflect this, we have just updated our much acclaimed Change video and launched our Business Development Programme both of which can be seen here.
Some years ago I wrote an article entitled Back to the Future which examined the future options for community pharmacy – Nirvana and Amazonia I called them at the time – and asked the profession to decide which it wanted.
Well it is here and now with declining funding on medicines supply, a service-based, care-led, quality-driven contract being proposed, growth in prescription volume now plateaued and likely to decline over the next 2 years, and one online pharmacy provider growing its prescription volume at an astounding rate.
So I ask again, do you want to build a healthier future for your pharmacy based on Nirvana principles, or do you plan to do nothing yourself but wait for others to do something for you and meanwhile slip into Amazonia?