The annual two-day event, held in Alexandria, Va., focuses on the role independent community pharmacies in health care and how to best position them for the future.
Einhellig was among 100 pharmacy professionals and students who engaged in in-depth discussions and worked with NCPA staff to craft new initiatives that support independent pharmacies and their patients for the coming year.
“Vicki Einhellig is an independent community pharmacy owner dedicated to helping her colleagues thrive in the competitive pharmacy marketplace, while also improving patient health outcomes and lowering spending,” NCPA president DeAnn Mullins said in a statement.
Mullins is also the owner of Mullins Pharmacy, WeCare Wellness and the WeCare Diabetes Education Program in Lynn Haven, Fla. “Vicki showed that commitment by attending and planning proposals that will strengthen the future of independent community pharmacies during the NCPA’s Steering Committee Forum,” Mullins added.
Topics addressed at the forum included the evolving pharmacy marketplace and rising demand for prescription drug services, the government’s growing role as a regulator and major purchaser of health care services, competition from mail-order pharmacy operators, and technological advances.
At the forum, seven committees and one task force were dedicated to address specific challenges that community pharmacies face and how those issues impact their patients: technology, compounding, long-term care, management, state legislation and regulatory affairs, national legislation and government affairs, and emerging models. Mullins also named a new Changemakers Task Force.
A Health Mart pharmacy operator, Good Day Pharmacy has nine locations in northern Colorado and employs 140 people.