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Ingles Markets extends Rx system pact with McKesson

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SAN FRANCISCO — Ingles Markets Inc. has extended its contract to use McKesson Corp.’s EnterpriseRx pharmacy management system in its in-store pharmacies.

The distributor’s McKesson Pharmacy Systems (MPS) unit said this week that Ingles installed EnterpriseRx in 2006 and has since seen operational improvements across its pharmacies. The Asheville, N.C.-based food and drug retailer, with annual sales of about $2 billion, operates 202 stores in six Southeastern states.

"We are committed to continuing our partnership with MPS because of their dedication to providing a state-of-the-art product," Ingles vice president of pharmacy Steve Cucchi said in a statement. "MPS is driven by industry experts whom we trust to continue to deliver a product that helps us grow our business and keep us on course as the future of pharmacy and health care evolves."

EnterpriseRx is a fully integrated pharmacy management suite provided via a software-as-a-service (SaaS) platform. The solution is designed with integrated workflow to provide multi-location users, such as Ingles, with broad control over the prescription filling process and workload, along with administrative functionality for management, according to MPS.

Through the central databases, EnterpriseRx also protects information, avoids many data consistency issues and provides authorized users with real-time access to information from any location, the company added.

"We are pleased to extend our contract with Ingles Markets. Their adoption and use of EnterpriseRx has set a strong early example for the rest of the industry," commented Stanton McComb, president of McKesson Pharmacy Systems. "Ingles encouraged its staff to utilize every aspect of EnterpriseRx, and as a result they have become a solid development partner as we build future releases of EnterpriseRx."

MPS added that since the beta release of EnterpriseRx in the fall of 2006, the solution has seen rapid adoption. Currently, more than 50 clients representing over 3,000 retail chain, community and health system pharmacies use EnterpriseRx as their pharmacy software system, the company said.


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