Associated Pharmacies, Inc. Launches a FREE Service to Help Independent Pharmacies Compete With Large Chain Pharmacies and Mass Merchandisers

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Associated Pharmacies, Inc. (API) is a cooperative of over 1,000 independent pharmacies throughout the United States. By joining over 1,000 independent pharmacies together as a buying cooperative, Associated Pharmacies is able to negotiate bulk pricing on behalf of the independent pharmacy owner, allowing independent pharmacies to get the same low bulk pricing that chain pharmacies and mass merchandisers are able to negotiate. This allows independent pharmacies to compete on price while generating a solid profit so they can stay in business.

A cherished part of Norman Rockwell's Americana is dying - the family-owned corner pharmacy. Sadly, every day family-owned independent pharmacies throughout the United States are being forced out of business by chain pharmacies and mass merchandisers. The reason for this is chain pharmacies and mass merchandisers are able to negotiate far lower bulk pricing from Brand RX and Generic RX drug distributors. That was until Associated Pharmacies, Inc. (http://www.apirx.com) stepped in to even the playing field.

Associated Pharmacies, Inc. (API) is a cooperative of over 1,000 independent pharmacies throughout the United States. By joining over 1,000 independent pharmacies together as a buying cooperative, Associated Pharmacies is able to negotiate bulk pricing on behalf of the independent pharmacy owner, allowing independent pharmacies to get the same low bulk pricing that chain pharmacies and mass merchandisers are able to negotiate. This allows independent pharmacies to compete on price while generating a solid profit so they can stay in business.

Besides helping independent pharmacies negotiate bulk pricing on Brand RX, Generic RX, and OTC products and inventory, Associated Pharmacies also helps pharmacy owners lower operational costs and become more efficient. One of the programs offered by Associated Pharmacies that is really helping independent pharmacies lower their costs and run more efficiently is a free inventory ordering system, called Scan & Toss™. Scan & Toss™ helps pharmacy owners control inventory costs by automatically ordering the Brand RX and Generic RX inventory the pharmacy needs precisely when they need it, and at the lowest price available through Associated Pharmacies and their prime vendor, Cardinal Health.

Hubert Bryan Jr., the owner of Bryan Pharmacy Inc. and a member of API states, "On Sept 3, 2008, Bryan Pharmacy Inc. will celebrate its 5-year anniversary. It's a wonderful occasion for us and we could not have done it without the help of API. API has allowed us to thrive in very harsh times for our industry. API has allowed us to compete with the new chain pharmacies that have recently opened just up the street from us. With API, we are competing with the big chains because API gets us 'big chain' pricing. API is a buying group. That is what they do. They spend 105% of their efforts negotiating lower drug pricing & another 105% servicing the pharmacies that are members of their cooperative. They concentrate all of their efforts on finding the best drug pricing and I think they do a darn good job of doing it. Thanks for all your hard work API!"

For more information on Associated Pharmacies, Inc. please call 1.800.243.8521 Ext 238 or visit us online at http://www.apirx.com.

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