Tuesday, June 22, 2010

I'm going solo.

That's right.

There's been a lot of talk (and crying) in Ontario about how the retail pharmacy industry is in trouble thanks to the new drug reform It's true, the drug reform will hurt the retail pharmacy industry. But let's be serious, does a company like Shoppers Drug Mart or Rexall really need more money? I mean these guys have more money than some small countries!

So, while all the pharmacy owners out there have been crying foul about how their bottom lines will be hit hard with the implementation of these changes, I've been quietly taking notes and figuring out how I can take advantage of this new shape of the industry.

And, I'm confident that opening up an independent pharmacy in the immediate future is the right move to make from a professional and business perspective.

There is still lots of dollars in the industry to be had. I know I won't be making billions like SDM, but even if I can take a small percentage of what one of their stores makes, then I will be doing just fine. My overhead and expenses will be lower because it will be just me, and I know for certain that I can out-customer-service a Shoppers or Pharma Plus Rexall with my eyes closed and hands tied behind my back any day of the week.

Don't get me wrong, this isn't going to be easy, I know. But the bottom line is that all these changes were inevitable...and this isn't the last major change to the industry in my lifetime. But it was now or never.

So here I go, wish me luck.


  1. i agree with most of what you said but as a sdm technician I don't think you can out customer service me. Just because I work for a large company does not negate the fact that I pride myself on my knowing my customers and going the extra mile.

  2. Hi Canadian pharmacist -- I wish you the best of luck in your solo endeavour. Keep us updated. Can I ask you a question? --- I was recently in the UK and was able to buy a bottle of Nasacort without a prescription. Are any of the steroid nasal sprays available in Canada without a prescription? Just wondering.Thanks.

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