The NCPA Digest, sponsored by Cardinal Health, provides an annual overview of independent community pharmacy, including a comprehensive review of the financial operations of the nation’s independent community pharmacies for 2015. In 2015 independent community pharmacy represented an $81.5 billion marketplace, with 92 percent of sales for independents derived from prescription drugs. Net margins on prescription drugs continue to be slim due to third-party payer and government contracts that in some cases reimburse below acquisition cost. Independent pharmacies are responding to low reimbursements by expanding their operations to include patient care services and products and by developing more
efficient dispensing models.