So the holiday season is upon us.
(Happy Holidays to everyone by the way!)

And like every holiday season, much of it revolves around retailing. Pharmacies are not just pharmacies anymore. Pharmacies have become grocery stores, antique shops, greeting card shops, candy stores, clothing stores, and a place to by a whole variety of knick-knacks.

What message does it say about pharmacy if the smallest part of the store is the actual pharmacy?

In my opinion pharmacies should be purely places to purchase healthcare related items as well as healthcare services. I think sometimes we focus so much on the front end that we don’t have any more resources or energy to focus on developing pharmacy services which could both enhance the business as well as benefiting patients and the profession.

Have pharmacies become too ‘retail’?
Should we scale back more to an apothecary model of the past?

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