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Cardinal Health set to kick off Retail Business Conference

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LAS VEGAS — Cardinal Health Inc. expects to draw more than 8,000 attendees from across the globe at its Retail Business Conference (RBC) annual community pharmacy event, which kicks off this week in Las Vegas.

Cardinal Health RBC 2014 Exhibitor Showcase in Washington DC.

Last year’s RBC, held in Washington, D.C., drew more than 3,700 pharmacy attendees, and the event’s trade show floor featured over 300 vendor exhibitors.

The company said Monday that this year marks the 25th anniversary of the conference, which runs from July 22 to 25 at the Venetian Hotel & Convention Center, and the event will spotlight the progress that independent pharmacists have made in the during that time.

Attendees — who include independent pharmacy owners, pharmacists, pharmacy technicians and other pharmacy industry professionals — will network with their peers and discover ways to succeed in today’s fast-changing health care environment, reflecting the theme of RBC 2015, “Positioned to Win.”

On the RBC trade show floor, attendees will be able to check out offerings from nearly 400 manufacturer, automation, software and pharmacy business vendors. This year’s event, too, will provides access to one of the industry’s largest lineups of continuing education opportunities, with more than 40 courses on topics that can help pharmacists and pharmacy owners improve their clinical and business operations. Cardinal Health also will showcase its menu of solutions that help community pharmacies bolster their businesses.

RBC attendees will get opportunities to learn from other pharmacists via several networking and peer-to-peer activities, including the Consumer Health Retail Academy, where they can stop by to discuss their own pharmacy best practices and learn from those of their peers.Cardinal Health is also hosting three panel sessions featuring pharmacists who will speak about their successful business, front-end and wellness programs.

In addition, RBC’s Independent Pharmacy Best Practices awards will recognize pharmacies that have implemented programs that show how independent pharmacies can improve patient outcomes and drive business results in the communities where they serve. Winners will each receive $3,500 from Cardinal Health to be donated to a pharmacy school or pharmacy association of their choice. And on July 25, Cardinal’s Women in Pharmacy initiative will host its fourth annual Women in Pharmacy Boot Camp to connect women pharmacists and pharmacy students with pharmacy owners, with the goal of providing resources, support and inspiration to start, manage and grow an independent pharmacy business.

Keynote speakers for RBC 2015 include General Colin Powell, former U.S. secretary of state and chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and former National Football League star quarterback Jim Kelly.

“Every day, independent pharmacy owners are challenged to find new ways to improve their financial health and efficiency, while ensuring patient care is their top priority,” Steve Lawrence, senior vice president of independent sales for Cardinal Health, said in a statement. “This year, we recognize the 25th anniversary of RBC and celebrate the work independent pharmacists do day in and day out to improve patient health in their communities, as we share new ideas and solutions to help them continue to serve as their communities’ most trusted health care advisers.”


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