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National Conference for Retail Pharmacy Professionals Kicks Off in San Diego

Representatives from more than 130 companies gathered in San Diego on August 30 for the start of the National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS) Pharmacy and Technology Conference 2010—one of the country’s leading annual gatherings for retail pharmacy professionals.

The annual event, which runs until August 31, is a chance for high-profile members of the retail pharmacy industry to share their insights and market forecasts with associates, political leaders and members of the media. According to the NACDS site, the lucrative industry generates more “$200 billion” in the annual sales of over the counter medication, prescription drugs and “home healthcare” products.

In addition to providing a platform for retail pharmacy leadership, the NACDS Pharmacy and Technology conference offers mass merchants representing over 80,000 associated retail outlets a chance to showcase the latest in pharmacy store goods, services and technologies. Many of products previewed at the NACDS show will benefit industry professionals nationwide, including San Francisco pharmacy technicians.

The Pharmacy & Technology Conference Chairman and Vice President of Hy-Vee Inc. gave the opening remarks in a special address to event attendees. Egeland, himself a registered pharmacist, stressed the importance of meeting customer “health and wellness needs” by collaborating across departments. He also encouraged attendees to appreciate the perspective of retail pharmacy customers.

“I challenge you to look at it from the view of patients and consumers. The fact is that patients and consumers are the same people. They need healthcare products and services, and many other things we carry in our stores. They lead lives – whole lives that can’t be understood in neat and tidy segments. I am better at what I do because I have the chance to engage on the bigger picture. We need to share that opportunity with others we work with back home,” Egeland said.

In San Diego as well other areas in southern and northern California numerous customers of NACDS-affiliated stores count on retail professionals, like Sacramento pharmacy technicians, to assist them with a variety of medication and healthcare needs.

If you’ve considered pursuing a career as a Bay Area pharmacy technician, Unitek College may offer the quality education you need to meet your professional goals. Learn more about the pharmacy technician training program at Unitek College, today!

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