McKesson ideaShare 2015 to Focus on Business Growth

April 14, 2015

Registration now open for the premier education and networking event for community pharmacy owners

SAN FRANCISCO, April 14, 2015 – McKesson ideaShare 2015 will take place June 24–28, 2015, at the San Diego Convention Center. The McKesson ideaShare conference and exhibition provides an interactive forum for independent pharmacies across the U.S. to gain practical ideas for driving profits, patient satisfaction, and awareness of the quality care and outcomes they deliver.

“For more than 30 years, our annual conference has provided independent pharmacy owners and their staff with a comprehensive experience that puts innovative ideas, expert-led education sessions, networking face-to-face with peers, and access to new products and services at the forefront for building a stronger business and delivering the best patient care possible,” said Mark Walchirk, president, McKesson U.S. Pharmaceutical.

Attendees participate in variety of educational and networking activities to gain insights from experts and best practices from their peers aimed to help them thrive in today’s market and innovate for future success, including:

  • Opening General Session. McKesson executives and a special guest will discuss investments, initiatives and opportunities for pharmacies to gain access to preferred networks, bring new customers into their stores, expand services, increase revenue and improve their bottom line. The presenters will announce the winners of the Pharmacy of the Year award and showcase their stand-out activities.

  • Health Mart® Annual Meeting. More than 3,800 Health Mart members and prospective franchisees are invited to the Annual Meeting where Health Mart President Steve Courtman, Chief Pharmacist Tony Willoughby, and guest speaker—former pro baseball player Mike Robins—will share strategies and new solutions to level the playing field so that independent pharmacies can grow their business. The meeting will also celebrate the winners of the new Health Mart Independent Spirit award and showcase how they exemplify the qualities that set independent pharmacies apart, as well as the innovative things they are doing in their communities every day.

  • Seminars and Continuing Education (CE) courses. Attendees will learn from and engage with industry experts and peers through more than 30 interactive courses, including topics such as medicine synchronization, marketing best practices, legislative and regulatory issues, Medicare Part D, financial management, buying or selling a pharmacy, and specialty pharmacy strategies.

  • Independent Ownership events. This year’s Ownership Transfer Luncheon will feature a moderated panel discussion that explores solutions to key issues around starting, buying or selling a pharmacy and highlights how RxOwnership® expertise and tools facilitate pharmacists’ ownership goals. Pharmacy students are invited to participate in the “Future Pharmacists” track to learn more about independent pharmacy, find a mentor, build relationships and explore career options.

  • Exhibition Floor featuring more than 200 exhibitors. Participants will discover the newest, most innovative products and services from new and returning suppliers. They can schedule one-on-one demonstrations of the latest in pharmacy technology and services and explore the latest Rx and OTC products. And, attendees can visit the Health Mart model store to learn more about McKesson’s portfolio of marketing programs, design and décor ideas, and revenue-generating clinical services. 

  • Final Night Party. Conference participants will celebrate together aboard the USS Midway on the San Diego Bay in a spectacular setting featuring historic exhibits, tours, live entertainment and signature California cuisine while relaxing with new and old friends.

Online registration is available at

About McKesson

McKesson Corporation, currently ranked 15th on the FORTUNE 500, is a healthcare services and information technology company dedicated to making the business of healthcare run better. McKesson partners with payers, hospitals, physician offices, pharmacies, pharmaceutical companies and others across the spectrum of care to build healthier organizations that deliver better care to patients in every setting. McKesson helps its customers improve their financial, operational and clinical performance with solutions that include pharmaceutical and medical-surgical supply management, healthcare information technology, and business and clinical services. For more information, visit

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