McKesson Salutes Important Role Pharmacists Play in Improving Patient Health During American Pharmacists Month

September 30, 2016

Celebrates Pharmacists Across all Settings - Retail, Hospital, Long-Term Care and Government – Driven by the Goal of Improving Clinical Performance and Patient Outcomes

SAN FRANCISCO, September 30, 2016 – McKesson, a global medical supply chain and health care technology provider, celebrates the impact pharmacists across all practice settings – community/retail, hospital and health systems, long-term care, and government/military – have on the health of their patients and communities, during American Pharmacists Month (APhM).

“As one of the most trusted and accessible health care professionals, community pharmacists are driving innovative solutions to deliver patient education, adherence support, and financial assistance designed to improve patient outcomes,” said Crystal Lennartz, PharmD, MBA, chief pharmacist, Health Mart. “McKesson and Health Mart support the expanded role of pharmacists across all practice settings and commend the American Pharmacists Association for celebrating pharmacists’ dedication to providing their customers with extraordinary service that improves patient care and impacts their local communities every day.”

Sponsored by the American Pharmacists Association (APhA), the goal of APhM is to draw attention to the pharmacy profession and to educate the public, policy makers and other health care professionals about the role pharmacists play in the reduction of overall health care costs and the safe and effective management of medications.

“The role of the clinical pharmacist is rapidly expanding to stay ahead of the changing dynamics brought upon by health care reform. Tasked with identifying initiatives that can increase revenue and reduce costs while improving patient care, pharmacists are increasingly taking more accountability for medication therapy and superior patient outcomes. With an expanding scope of service and greater collaboration with other members of the care team, pharmacists are integral to the long-term success of health care transformation,” said Mark Eastham, B.S., R.Ph., senior vice president and general manager, McKesson Pharmacy Optimization®.

About Health Mart

Ranked “Highest in Customer Satisfaction with Chain Drug Store Pharmacies” in the J.D. Power 2016 Pharmacy Satisfaction StudySM, Health Mart is America’s fastest-growing independent pharmacy franchise with more than 4,700 locally owned community pharmacies across all 50 states. Health Mart pharmacists provide personalized care and take the time to help patients understand their prescription-drug coverage, how to safely manage multiple medications, and how to take advantage of lower-cost medication options. As an important member of the health care team, Health Mart pharmacists possess strong clinical knowledge and partner with their patients, and their patients’ other health care providers, to help them manage and improve patients’ health. The Health Mart franchise is owned by Health Mart Systems, Inc., which is an affiliate of McKesson Corporation. Pharmacists interested in learning more about joining Health Mart can explore Consumers can find a locally owned Health Mart pharmacy by visiting, where you will also find comprehensive online health and wellness information.

About McKesson Corporation

McKesson Corporation, currently ranked 5th on the FORTUNE 500, is a health care services and information technology company dedicated to making the business of health care 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, health care information technology, and business and clinical services. For more information, visit

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