Independent Community Pharmacists Will Meet. Learn. Succeed--at the 2012 NCPA Annual Convention and Trade Exposition



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Introduces new daily business basics programming and early bird discount until June 15

Alexandria, Va. (May 29, 2012) — The National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA) will present the latest in pharmacy education, case studies, and real world, business-impacting information for the independent community pharmacy industry at its 114th Annual Convention and Trade Exposition at the San Diego Convention Center October 13-17, 2012.

"We are excited as always to bring practical business and advocacy solutions to community pharmacists, with experts and content to help improve the bottom line," said NCPA President and Oklahoma City pharmacy owner Lonny Wilson, DPh. "Our convention programming reflects those values."

The convention theme of Meet. Learn. Succeed. reflects the top goals of the meeting for the representatives of over 3,000 community pharmacies who attend each year. When surveyed, participants cited the benefits of networking with their peers, learning from experts in the industry and using that knowledge to sharpen their patient care skills and improve their pharmacy's performance throughout the following year. Over 70 percent of those surveyed said what they learned during the convention would "pay for the trip" when they returned to their stores.

The NCPA Annual Convention and Trade Exposition will feature nearly 20 hours of continuing education credits on topics including marketing, adherence, technology and pharmacy-sustaining niches, including long-term care, immunizations, compounding, and more. The NCPA Trade Exposition is the most powerful and productive trade show in the independent pharmacy industry with hundreds of companies offering attendees the best opportunity to secure the latest in products and services from a variety of vendors not available at other shows in the pharmacy industry. Companies interested in exhibit opportunities can click here.

New this year will be daily non-CE business basics with NCPA Senior Director of Sales and Marketing Gabe Trahan who will lead business breakfast discussions and identify the top five products of the day on the tradeshow floor and help attendees learn how to merchandise them back home in their pharmacies.

The four-day event will officially begin on Saturday, October 13, with an opening night celebration and the NCPA Foundation's Silent Auction. This year's keynote speaker is former Congressman Joe Scarborough (R-FL), host of MSNBC's Morning Joe. On Tuesday, October 17, the closing night entertainment headlines Mike Love, a founding member of California's own Beach Boys who wrote many of the songs and ballads that got them into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

As an added incentive, an early bird discount of $75 off registration fees is available until June 15. For more information and to register, visit www.ncpanet.org.

The National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA®) represents the interests of America's community pharmacists, including the owners of more than 23,000 independent community pharmacies. Together they represent a $93 billion health care marketplace, dispense nearly 40% of all retail prescriptions, and employ more than 315,000 people, including 62,400 pharmacists. Independent community pharmacists are readily accessible medication experts who can help lower health care spending. They are committed to maximizing the appropriate use of lower-cost generic drugs and reducing the estimated $290 billion that is wasted annually by improper medication use. To learn more go to www.ncpanet.org or read NCPA's blog, The Dose, at http://ncpanet.wordpress.com.

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