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Pitfalls of Choosing the Wrong Pharmacy Software

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Avoid these common pitfalls when choosing a pharmacy software vendor.
October 14, 2020

Your pharmacy software is arguably the most important building block when growing your independent pharmacy.  Choosing the right pharmacy software can help your business reach insurmountable success, while on the contrary choosing the wrong software can cost you time, money, and lead to lost profits and inefficiencies that will cost you.

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Where Do You See Your Pharmacy in 10 Years?

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Where Do You See Your Independent Pharmacy in 10 Years?
October 6, 2020

Over the last decade, independent pharmacies have seen an enormous amount of changes within the industry. Between the introduction of DIR fees and PBM takeovers, many states granting pharmacists provider status, and a major shift and emphasis on patient clinical care, managing a successful pharmacy requires adaptability now more than ever.

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How a Potential Second Wave of COVID will Affect Pharmacies

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How a Potential Second Wave of COVID will Affect Pharmacies
September 25, 2020

There is no denying that the global COVID-19 pandemic has impacted everyone and every business in some way.  As we try to come up with safe solutions to operate our businesses and get back to somewhat normal daily lives, there exists an absolute fear of a second wave destined to hit. 

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Pharmacy Software Companies are Selling Off, Some Even Shutting Down

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September 15, 2020

Who owns your pharmacy vendor? Have you noticed a difference in your pharmacy software vendor? Did they merge or sell to another company, and perhaps the level of service or response times has changed? With ownership changing, do you find it hard to escalate issues or really have your voice heard?

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How to Open Your Own Pharmacy in 4 Important Steps

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How to Open Your Own Pharmacy
September 9, 2020

Starting your own pharmacy can be an intimidating and challenging venture. There are many things to consider and important steps in the process. However, if you do it correctly, you cannot only become a successful business owner, but you can become a beloved pillar in your local community.

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How Much Does Pharmacy Management Software Cost?

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September 3, 2020

One of the first questions on anyone's mind when researching pharmacy software is, "How much does pharmacy software cost?" With operating budgets to keep in mind, it's an essential question to ask; however, the answer isn't as straightforward as one might hope.

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4 Things to Consider When Choosing the Best Pharmacy Software

4 Things to Consider When Choosing the Best Pharmacy Software
4 Things to Consider When Choosing the Best Pharmacy Software
August 21, 2020

Choosing a software solution for your independent pharmacy is difficult. Whether you’re looking for a software vendor for a new pharmacy or if you’re considering making a switch from your existing vendor, there are many factors to consider.

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The Benefits of Utilizing Technology in Your Independent Pharmacy

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The Benefits of Utilizing Technology in Your Independent Pharmacy
August 6, 2020

Technology can be scary, especially for small, independent pharmacies who might be set in their ways and use to their routine. Now more than ever though, with independent pharmacies working tirelessly to beat PBM fees and declining reimbursements, pharmacists need to look to their pharmacy software systems for help. At Datascan, we believe technology can alleviate daily tasks, freeing up time for pharmacy staff and ultimately creating a more seamless workflow and increase in efficiency. 

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Why do More Independent Pharmacies Choose Datascan?

July 21, 2020

Working with other independently owned vendors can give you a competitive advantage and better service. When you think about opening a community pharmacy, what do you envision? Your answer is probably: a setting in a local town where you can build relationships with your patients, provide them the service and care they deserve, and set yourself aside from the chains.

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Should Independent Pharmacies Offer Durable Medical Equipment?

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As more patients nationwide suffer from conditions like cancer and cardiac disorders and also look to manage care at home, the need for at-home "DME," or Durable Medical Equipment, continues to rise. According to a study by Grand View Research, the market for Durable Medical Equipment was worth nearly $42 billion in 2016 and is expected to continue to grow.

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How Datascan is Helping Pharmacies Deal with the COVID-19 Crisis

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As the COVID-19 pandemic rages on, pharmacies are one of the most essential businesses to remain operational during these difficult times. No matter who we are or where we’re from, we have all been affected by the spread of the coronavirus.

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5 Best-Selling General Merchandise Categories at Independent Pharmacies

Most independent pharmacies stock their shelves with merchandise that is designed to help patients save time and money. Purchasing other necessities in one stop while also picking up your prescriptions is one of many conveniences offered by independent pharmacies.

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 Build a Better Pharmacy by Implementing a Proper Workflow 

Independent community pharmacies are struggling and the PBMs will look for any reason to dip deeper into their profits. As pharmacy owners are buckling down and seeking ways to increase and improve profitability, efficiency needs to be an important focus. Workflow by definition is a series of steps designed to improve efficiency and quality control in a business. 

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Pharmacy Profits the PBM's Can't Touch

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While there seems to be no way around PBM DIR fees attacking your pharmacy's profits and next-to-nothing reimbursements, there are still many ways for your independent pharmacy to remain profitable. By shifting your focus to profit centers not controlled by PBM’s, many independent pharmacies are finding new sources of revenue and building a bigger and better business.

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DIR Fee’s are Killing You... How Can Your Pharmacy Software Help?

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Independent pharmacies across the US continue to struggle with PBM claw backs, DIR fees, and disappearing profits.  How can local pharmacies survive these tumultuous times all while fighting nationwide to reel in PBM’s through legislation?  It seems almost weekly we’re hearing stories of independent pharmacies closing after decades of servicing their community due to nonstop losses and negative profits at the hands of the Pharmacy Benefit Managers...

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Top 5 Best Selling Over the Counter Product Categories at Independent Pharmacies in 2019

Over the Counter (OTC) medications can be found in almost everyone’s medicine cabinet, and many people rely on them daily to relieve common symptoms and stay healthy. Drawing consumers into your independent pharmacy by offering a wide selection of OTC medications may seem like a smart decision, but it’s better to focus on the right mix of product categories for everyone’s benefit.

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McKesson Pharmacy Software Shuts Down

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Is your Pharmacy Software company shutting down?  Or did they sell off to a large corporation?

The landscape of the pharmacy software industry is changing fast, and not necessarily for the better.  Many vendors are selling off, consolidating, and even shutting down their pharmacy software systems!  Today, many of the pharmacy software companies that are still around are now owned by large corporations with no real focus on the needs of the independent pharmacy.

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7 Ways to Boost Your Pharmacy Profits in 2020

As community pharmacies continues to face declining reimbursements and PBM penalties, pharmacy owners need to diversify and seek alternate revenue streams beyond traditional prescription sales to remain profitable.  The community pharmacy industry is undoubtedly hurting, but if we continue the fight as we always have, there will be a light at the end of the tunnel.  Sustainability is key—what more can we do to build profits back into the independent pharmacy without relying on PBM managed profits? 

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How Can Pharmacies Connect with Patients in 2020?

As an independent pharmacy owner, how often are you connecting with your patients?  While there is no denying the importance of face-to-face communication with patients during prescription drop-off and pickup, there needs to be more touch points even when customers are not physically present in your pharmacy.

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What are DIR Fees, Why do They Exist, and What Can We do About Them?

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There are lots of hidden costs in the pharmacy industry and if you’ve ever worked at a pharmacy, you’re probably familiar with the term Direct and Indirect Remuneration or “DIR Fees”. But what are DIR Fees anyway? The idea of having to pay fees of any kind is unnerving, so we’ve set out to give you a better understanding of what DIR fees are and the reason for their existence – because no one likes to pay fees if they don’t fully understand them.

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Inventory:  The Largest Overhead for Independent Pharmacies and How to Get it Under Control

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Inventory is the largest carrying cost within an independent pharmacy.  Knowing this alone should make managing, shopping and mitigating risk with regards to the inventory you purchase, needs to be a priority.   Too many pharmacies are running blind when it comes to keeping track of the dollars and cents sitting on their shelves.  Datascan's Pharmacy Management Software and point of sale system offers built-in inventory management and reporting features to help you better manage your OTC items and prescription drug inventory.

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Are you a Creature of Habit with Running Your Independent Pharmacy?

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Running a successful Independent Pharmacy used to be much simpler—contract with vendors for great pricing, fill prescriptions for your patients, reimbursements were high and everyone was profitable.   Unfortunately there has been nothing simple for pharmacists over the past few years. 

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An Interview with a Datascan Pharmacy Software Support Specialist

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Datascan prides itself on providing the absolute best customer service and technical support in the industry. It's what makes Datascan the leading Pharmacy Management Software in the country and has earned Datascan a consistent 5-star customer rating when it comes to pharmacy software reviews. Here's a brief interview with a real Datascan Pharmacy Software support specialist who sheds light on some of the ways Datascan assists it's independent pharmacy clients and helps them grow their business.

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5 Reasons Why Doctors Start Dispensing Medications to Patients

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Many states across the US allow physician dispensing, where doctors can dispense medications from their offices.  Datascan Pharmacy Software has worked with physician dispensaries for over 15 years helping them properly manage dispensing.  Datascan offers a unique pharmacy management software package tailored to the specific needs of in-office dispensing, including our discounted package price making it the best choice for doctors.

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Datascan Pharmacy Software Integrates with Accuflo and ECP for Enhanced MAR Capabilities

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Datascan is excited to announce our partnership with Vita-Stat’s ACCUflo eMAR and ECP’s eMAR products to further enhance their pharmacy management software.  MARs (Medication Administration Records) have always been included in Datascan's Winpharm to allow LTC pharmacies to provide its facilities with printed med charts.  Our partnership with ACCUflo and ECP will push prescription information electronically to their respective platforms, no longer requiring pharmacies to print paper MARs.

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DIR Fees, GER Fees, Declining Reimbursements - What's Next? How do we Survive?

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As we have spoken about in the past, when an industry changes, the businesses within that industry must change as well.  Prosperity within the world of independent pharmacy has become tougher and tougher over the last decade.  It’s important to note that we still have a tremendous number of clients that are doing extremely well in the very same industry that we see others struggling to stay afloat.  Pharmacies that are being proactive and changing the way they operate their business are the ones that will survive – and the rest, unfortunately, will cease to exist.

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The Landscape of Pharmacy AND Your Software Vendor is Drastically Changing

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Does it feel like your software vendor is abandoning you?
Did the company you worked with for years sell off to some large corporation?
Is your software vendor forcing you to switch systems because they no longer want to support the one you have used for years?

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The Problem with BIG Pharmacy Software Companies

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Many independent pharmacies have started to feel left out by large software vendors that are simply too big to listen or pay attention to them anymore.  Large wholesaler and private equity owned pharmacy software companies are unable to support the individual needs of your independent pharmacy.  Pharmacy software vendors servicing thousands upon thousands of clients cannot focus on, or keep up with the rapidly changing needs of the industry, nor do they have the time to accommodate special request from their clients...

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Choosing the Right Pharmacy Management Software for Your Independent Pharmacy

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Your pharmacy software system is arguably the most important and fundamental component when building your independent pharmacy business.  Whether you’re opening a brand new store or looking to convert your system from another vendor, choosing the right pharmacy software is a critical decision that will impact both your day-to-day operations and ultimately your bottom line. The wrong software can cost you thousands of dollars in loss time and money. So how do you choose the right software for your independent pharmacy?

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Datascan Launches New Pharmacy Software Website

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Datascan is proud to announce the release of their new state-of-the-art website ( aimed at helping independent pharmacies choose the right pharmacy management software. The new website highlights some of core features and benefits of Datascan Pharmacy Software.

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5-Star Rated Pharmacy Software

Customer reviews are everything! If you’re searching for a top-rated pharmacy software solution to help you manage your pharmacy business, then you’ve probably already came across Datascan Pharmacy Software who has hundreds of 5 star reviews and counting.

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Datascan Pharmacy Software & Physician Dispensing Solutions can Produce Huge Profits for Your Practice!

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First, what is physician dispensing? 

Many states across the US allow physicians to not only prescribe, but dispense medications to their patients directly from their offices.  There are requirements and various safety measures physicians must satisfy, and this of course varies state by state.  This is not just about additional profits for the practice, but a great convenience for patients as well.

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Datascan Pharmacy Software New Partner/Integration: CPESN

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Who is CPESN and what do they do?

CPESN (Community Pharmacy Enhanced Services Network) is a clinically integrated network of community pharmacies across the US.  A clinically integrated network is a collection of health care providers that demonstrates value to the market by working together to facilitate the coordination of patient care across conditions, providers, settings, and time to improve patient care and decrease overall healthcare costs...

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Are Pharmacy Benefit Managers (PBMs) Destroying Your Independent Pharmacy?

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I want to start off by stating that I know a few things are certain in life and in business; Things are definitely easier said than done and anything worth doing, isn’t easy, but usually comes with great returns...

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Improve Your Pharmacy's Performance with Datascan Software

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You work tirelessly day in and day out making sure your pharmacy operates at peak performance.  Your star ratings and rankings help determine your reimbursements and DIR fees from part D plans.  Pharmacists are a key part of overall patient care, relying on improved point of care services in order to produce better outcomes.  Community pharmacies all over the United States have created in house programs tailored towards specific patients and their needs.  Programs like Medication Synchronization, Automatic Refills, patient reminder alerts, delivery services, and even in house immunization services all help to improve how your pharmacy is rated.

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Pharmacy Software Demos are Vital - Test Drive Datascan Today

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Buyer’s remorse is the worst thing to have, especially if it is for something you have to use every day, and even worse if you are locked into a contract!  You wouldn’t buy a new car without test driving it, would you?  Choosing a software system for your pharmacy is no different.  With so many options, it’s important that potential buyers take the time to do a live demonstration of the pharmacy management software systems they are interested in before making a purchase decision.

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Independent Pharmacies: Reinvent, Revolutionize, Empower - TOGETHER

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Through the years we have seen industries and social groups band together seeking a common goal or objective, ultimately achieving success and progress.  Why, because there is strength in numbers.  Alone we face challenges limited by our resources and capabilities, but together we have a voice, a loud voice, and invite change that takes us far into the future. 

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Pharmacy Software Prices - Are You Getting Nickel and Dimed?

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When it comes time to evaluate the true costs of a pharmacy software system, you need to look at two things - the startup costs and monthly costs.  Startup costs should detail what initial functionality will be in the system, what hardware you might be getting, and, what ‘add-ons’ or other features come with an additional price tag.   Monthly costs are where you really dig into what’s included in the monthly fees, and what costs more.

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What Makes Datascan Pharmacy Software Different?

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Any community pharmacist will tell you there is no comparison between their independent pharmacy and a large corporation or chain like CVS or Walgreens.

Community pharmacy patients choose an independent store over a chain because they expect a superior and personal level of service.  That customer wants to walk into the store and be greeted by name, wait for their prescriptions, or even be able to have a specialty item ordered for them...

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Datascan Pharmacy Software: Helping Independent Pharmacies Reinvent their Business for Almost 4 Decades

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Datascan  is proud to be celebrating 38 years of business in 2019.

This holiday season you deserve what you really want!

A reasonably priced, technology packed pharmacy software system backed by fast, reliable support!

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Retail Pharmacy Software Reviews - Consider the Source!

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When shopping for anything these days, we tend to look first at reviews, even when considering something as simple as where to eat dinner.  Educated consumers know to not just look at the overall rating of the company or product, but also, how many reviews there are, because anyone can have a few friends write up some good reviews! Consumers and businesses are more inclined to believe other customers that claim to have had a good experience with a business or product.

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Datascan Believes Investing in Health will Produce Enormous Benefits

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“Investing in health will produce enormous benefits.” Gro Harlem Brundtland.

Community pharmacists we must invest not only back into their businesses, but into their patients.  It has become our responsibility to not only fill their prescriptions, but manage overall patient health.  This can place a huge burden on the already overworked and underpaid pharmacist.

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Top Pharmacy Software - Datascan

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The use of technology and digital software can revolutionize the pharmacy businesses by improving processes while also reducing costs.

Datascan offers the best pharmacy software on the market. Our software and data management solutions significantly increase efficiency while decreasing the time it takes for your pharmacy to service patients and improves quality of service at the same time.

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3 Ways to Improve Your Pharmacy Profits

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Since 1981, Datascan Pharmacy Software has been helping independent pharmacies thrive and evolve in an every-changing industry.

Here are 3 simple ways you can continue help your pharmacy increase profits as you move into the future...

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Datascan Pharmacy Software Fights Against DIR Fees

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Clawbacks / DIR Fee’s:  The nerve of Insurance companies and PBMs charging back money that was previously paid out to the pharmacy.  These fees are a calculated percentage of the ingredient-cost-paid in the claim and the amounts typically vary by plan and pharmacy.

PBMs use one or more metrics to help measure a pharmacies performance and provide a minimum and maximum range for a possible fee that can apply to each claim...

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8 Ways to Boost Front End Sales

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According to a study by Cardinal Health, only 6 out of every 100 customers enter a chain pharmacy and leave without buying something from the front end.  However, 56 out of every 100 leave an independent without buying something from the front end; statistics that are truly astonishing!

Between dwindling reimbursements, increased DIR fees, mandatory mail order, closed networks, and competition popping up on every corner, there has to be a way for independents to make up for losses...

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Does Your Retail Pharmacy Management System Do More than Just Fill Prescriptions?

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It comes as no surprise that the world of independent pharmacy is rapidly changing.  It takes a lot more than just filling prescriptions to not only be profitable, but to compete with the chains on every corner, and combat the PBMs.

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Pharmacy Inventory Management Systems: A Prescription for Success

In today's complex world of healthcare, the local pharmacy plays a vital role in our community's well-being.  Customers look to their neighborhood pharmacies as a trusted source of healthcare information and rely on them for assistance with complex medication management.  With chronic diseases on the rise and the expansion of health insurance, the frequency of customer interaction has significantly increased.  Pharmacy inventories have also evolved to include much more than just medicinal drugs. They are now the go-to resource for everyday essentials.

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The Pharmacy Software Landscape is Changing: Where Will it Leave You?

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RX Software Pharmacy - Back in the late 1970’s and early 80’s quite a few pharmacy software companies were born.  The challenge back then was to get pharmacy’s to pull away from hand and type written claims and move to computerization ---a task that proved to be quite difficult!  As the years progressed more companies entered the market, which was a good thing for the end users, because as we create competition in any industry, it motivates.  It ignites that fight or flight response and if you want to survive, you must compete.  Compete not just on pricing, but on service, and most importantly, the technology that evolves at a very rapid pace.

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What to Look for When Choosing a Independent Pharmacy Software Provider

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With more and more independently-owned, community pharmacies opening up each year, the future of the industry is more than promising.

One of the great things about owning an Independent Pharmacy, is the freedom to choose the vendors and partners that you work with. After all, choosing the right partner can make or break you’re overall success and bottom line. And choosing the right pharmacy software provider is no different is one of the most important vendors you need to choose.

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Is This the END of the Independent Pharmacy?

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2017 Economics of the Independent Pharmacy

Another year in the books, and another year of declines – but why?  How are you supposed to survive at this rate –and at what point do you throw in the towel?   According to Drug Channels, the average pharmacy owner saw their salary decline by 20% in 2017.  Your gross margins are declining --- DIR fees continue to plague your business – so how the HELL are you supposed to believe you have a future in this industry?

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Best Way to Shop for New Pharmacy Software

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A personal, one on one demonstration of the Datascan Pharmacy Software shows you exactly how Datascan can help you save financial and human resources, increases efficiency and improve your bottom line.

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Pharmacy Software Data Conversion; A Scary Process?

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Year after year we meet so many independent pharmacy owners that are simply unhappy with the product or level of service they are getting from their existing pharmacy management software vendor – but they refuse to make a change!

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What Makes Datascan the Best Pharmacy Software System on the Market for Your Independent Pharmacy?

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Independent pharmacies share a certain bond.  For them, each customer is an individual (not an account number...), who trusts their pharmacist for professionalism, courtesy and quality.  Independent pharmacists take the time to talk to their customers, alleviate their concerns and assure they understand their prescriptions and are aware of other health and wellness considerations.  This bond between independent pharmacists and their clients is a win-win relationship that can last for decades.

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We are extremely proud of the success our clients have seen with our software, and they've taken the time to tell us all about it in detail.
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