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AmerisourceBergen readies for community pharmacy conference
July 8th, 2013
VALLEY FORGE, Pa. – AmerisourceBergen Drug Corp. is getting set to kick off ThoughSpot 2013, its annual community pharmacy trade show, later this month in Las Vegas.
The pharmaceutical distributor said Monday that the event, to be held July 24 to 27 at the MGM Grand, is expected to draw thousands of independent pharmacy customers from its Good Neighbor Pharmacy national network and others, along with more than 250 exhibitors from across the pharmaceutical supply chain.
During the show's general session, AmerisourceBergen president and chief executive officer Steve Collis will discuss where the pharmacy industry is headed, how pharmacies can expand their role in health care, and the company's strong commitment to community pharmacy.
AmerisourceBergen noted that ThoughtSpot 2013 also will provide opportunities for attendees to network with peers and share best practices. More than 30 educational sessions will cover a range of topics and provide learning opportunities from industry leaders. All of the programs at ThoughtSpot are designed to bolster independent pharmacies by helping them draw more patients, retain current ones and operate more efficiently, the company said.
For example, classes on specialty pharmacy, medication adherence and pharmacy-based immunizations provide opportunities for pharmacists to attract and retain business, while "Managing Critical Moments in the Employment Lifecycle" and "Pharmacy Safety, Security and Robbery Prevention" sessions aim to help with pharmacy operations. Courses can be taken for credit toward continuing pharmacy education.
On the show floor, attendees will be able to demo pharmacy operation services from AmerisourceBergen Technology Group and speak with customers who are successfully using the technology to improve business operations.
And new for this year, pharmacy technicians and front-end staff can attend a full-day professional development course aimed at sharpening their knowledge and skills. AmerisourceBergen said the course is specifically designed for pharmacy support staff to provide them with an opportunity to grow in their role while showing them how they can impact a pharmacy's profitability.
"Our commitment to independent community pharmacy is stronger than ever," A.J. Caffentzis, senior vice president of sales and marketing at AmerisourceBergen Drug Corp., said in a statement. "ThoughtSpot provides an opportunity for our pharmacy customers to network and learn about new tools and services that can help them increase their revenue and better serve their patients. With all that is currently facing our customers — shrinking reimbursements, increasing competition and uncertainty with health care reform — such opportunities are more important than ever before."