McKesson RxOwnership Supports Future of Independent Pharmacy Ownership at NCPA Annual Convention

October 05, 2016

Alexandria, Va. (October 5, 2016) – Dedicated to supporting the future of independent pharmacy ownership, McKesson’s RxOwnership® team has partnered with the National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA) to sponsor a series of educational ownership programs at the NCPA 2016 Annual Convention and Trade Exposition in New Orleans, LA, October 15–19, 2016.

Through its Student Affairs program, the NCPA’s mission is to encourage, foster, and recognize an interest in community pharmacy ownership and entrepreneurship among the future leaders of their profession. This year, McKesson has sponsored 43 NCPA Foundation Presidential Scholarships, designed to recognize leadership qualities and academic accomplishments.

As part of the official NCPA Student education program on Saturday, October 15, Chris Cella, national VP, McKesson RxOwnership, will present “How to Open A Pharmacy.” This session will outline the advantages of owning and managing an independent pharmacy. McKesson RxOwnership is also sponsoring the Future Pharmacists Luncheon on Saturday, October 15, which will give nearly 400 NCPA student members the opportunity to connect with peers and experienced ownership advisors to learn more about pharmacy ownership.

McKesson is proud to sponsor the NCPA Pharmacy Ownership Workshop for the seventh year on October 13-15. Designed for current and future pharmacists considering pharmacy ownership or desiring additional management skills, the Pharmacy Ownership Workshop will provide pharmacists tools to guide them in pharmacy ownership and enhance their current management skills. More than 50 percent of past Pharmacy Ownership Workshop participants currently own their own pharmacy.

“McKesson RxOwnership is excited to partner with NCPA to support the future of pharmacy ownership by giving students, recent graduates and experienced pharmacists the knowledge, support and tools required to achieve their ownership goals,” said Chris Cella, national VP, McKesson RxOwnership. “Many pharmacists are interested in ownership, because they want the ability to run the pharmacy their way and tailor its services to meet the needs of their customers and community. Ultimately, this gives them the ability to focus on quality patient care and personalized service.”

McKesson’s RxOwnership program is dedicated to providing independent pharmacy owners, prospective owners and pharmacy students with resources and a dedicated team to map out their future. In the past year, RxOwnership has assisted 446 owners to start up a new pharmacy. Since 2007, the RxOwnership team has aided more than 3,400 pharmacies through the ownership-transfer process.

About McKesson Corporation

McKesson Corporation, currently ranked 5th 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

About NCPA

The National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA®) represents the interests of America's community pharmacists, including the owners of more than 22,000 independent community pharmacies. Together they represent an $81.4 billion health care marketplace and employ more than 314,000 individuals on a full or part-time basis. To learn more, go to, visit, or follow NCPA on Twitter @Commpharmacy.

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