Are you looking to boost your front-end sales this holiday season?

With the arrival of cooler air, it’s clear the holiday shopping season is right around the corner. Small business owners wishing to grow both their sales and customer base during the most critical part of the retail calendar must plan ahead.

With EPIC Rx, members have access to vetted gift, card, and candy vendors to help you prepare.

Cards and Gifts

  • American Greeting
  • Designer Greetings

Books/Candy/Magazines/Toys

  • George J. Falter Company

Contact EPIC Rx to learn more about these approved vendors and order new products in time for the holidays.

Protect Your Customer Confidentiality with Voltage Security

With the rapid increase of new technologies and communication methods, the need to ensure privacy and protect the confidentiality of personal information has become an important issue.

The healthcare field is particularly concerned about protecting privacy, since information about our health is so intimate and personal. This is why laws and regulations have been implemented to protect it.

EPIC Pharmacies is pleased to partner with Voltage Security (Voltage) to offer our members an inexpensive way to send secure email while ensuring that your emails are compliant with HIPAA requirements. As an added benefit, EPIC Pharmacies members will receive a 30% discount on the annual subscription.

Voltage will keep all of your files and sensitive communication with customers and partners secure. Contact EPIC Pharmacies to learn more.

 

 

EPIC Pharmacies Announces 2014 Student Grant Award Recipients

NOTTINGHAM, Md.— EPIC Pharmacies, Inc., a national network of more than 1,300 independently owned pharmacies, today announced the winners of its 2014 student grant program. Grants were awarded to 15 pharmacy students who plan to practice in an independent pharmacy upon graduation.

“In today’s chain-saturated marketplace, these students have demonstrated dedication to patient care and their local communities. They understand that independent pharmacy offers numerous benefits and resources, and that it can be both financially and personally rewarding,” says EPIC Pharmacies President and CEO Angelo C. Voxakis, P.D.

The 2014 recipients include:

  • Elee Barber, University of Louisiana at Monroe School of Pharmacy
  • Natasha Colvin, Presbyterian College School of Pharmacy
  • Lacey Condron, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences College of Pharmacy
  • Ellen Eiler, University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy
  • Lei Guo, University of Maryland School of Pharmacy
  • Jessica Harvin, Mercer University College of Pharmacy
  • Rebecca Hollins, University of Maryland School of Pharmacy
  • Alexander Jackson, Florida A&M University College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences
  • Brittany Keel, Campbell University College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences
  • Bomsaem Kim, St. John’s University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
  • Leah McMahon, University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy
  • Steven Mowder, Notre Dame of Maryland University School of Pharmacy
  • Adam Reinhart, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences College of Pharmacy
  • Jordan Smith, University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy

Applications for the 2015 program will be available on January 1, 2015, at any of the more than 1,300 EPIC Pharmacies member locations. To find a location near you or more information about EPIC Pharmacies, visit www.epicrx.com.

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About EPIC Pharmacies, Inc.: Formed in 1982 and headquartered in Maryland, EPIC Pharmacies is a true co-op of community pharmacies dedicated to personal, quality service and competitive prices. By providing its members with group buying power, provider networks, and managed care solutions essential to delivering quality patient care, EPIC Pharmacies is committed to helping independent pharmacies thrive in today’s chain-saturated marketplace. For more information about EPIC Pharmacies, visit www.epicrx.com.

EPIC Pharmacies Announces CEO Successor

COCKEYSVILLE, Md.— EPIC Pharmacies, Inc. announced the appointment of Jay Romero, R.Ph., as CEO effective January 1, 2015. Romero replaces Angelo C. Voxakis, P.D., who will retire at the end of December after 16 years of service.

Romero has had a long and successful career in independent pharmacy. He has been an independent pharmacy owner for more than 10 years and a practicing pharmacist for more than 20 years. Romero currently serves on the EPIC Pharmacies board of directors and plays a key role in advocating for the interests of community pharmacy as chairman of the EPIC PharmPAC of Mississippi.

“Oh behalf of the board of directors, we are delighted to welcome Jay into his new role as CEO in January. Jay has a real-world understanding of the challenges facing independent pharmacists today and in the future. Those insights, along with his already proven dedication to the advancement and success of EPIC Pharmacies and its members, will be integral in leading the company,” says Jeff Sherr, P.D., vice president of the EPIC Pharmacies board of directors and president of Apple Discount Drugs.

“Jay will work with the existing executive team at EPIC Pharmacies and its subsidiaries to lead the company’s strategy and implement the company’s mission,” says Mark Barwig, EPIC Pharmacies executive vice president.

Romero joined the EPIC Pharmacies board of directors in 2012 as a licensed pharmacist and independent pharmacy owner. He is a member of the Mississippi Pharmacists Association, Mississippi Independent Pharmacies Association, and National Community Pharmacists Association and a graduate of the University of Louisiana at Monroe School of Pharmacy.

For more information about EPIC Pharmacies, visit www.epicrx.com.

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About EPIC Pharmacies, Inc.: Formed in 1982 and headquartered in Maryland, EPIC Pharmacies is a true co-op of community pharmacies dedicated to personal, quality service and competitive prices. By providing its members with group buying power, provider networks, and managed care solutions essential to delivering quality patient care, EPIC Pharmacies is committed to helping independent pharmacies thrive in today’s chain-saturated marketplace. For more information about EPIC Pharmacies, visit www.epicrx.com.

EPIC Pharmacies Provides Cyberattack Coverage for Independent Pharmacies

COCKEYSVILLE, Md.— EPIC Pharmacies, Inc. is pleased to partner with Diversified Insurance Industries, Inc. to announce the addition of cyber liability/data breach insurance as a no-cost benefit to more than 1,300 independent pharmacies.

Pharmacies, like most businesses, are increasingly storing personal, health, and financial information online. Against a backdrop of data breaches in a range of industries, EPIC Pharmacies is offering independently owned pharmacies an opportunity to protect against the negative impacts of a security breach, including lost business, reduced productivity, and damaged reputation.

“EPIC Pharmacies is proud to be one of the first independent pharmacy organizations to offer cyberattack coverage with no deductible or premium to its members,” says EPIC Pharmacies President and CEO Angelo C. Voxakis, P.D. “As the business environment evolves, we continually seek to provide modern tools and services for independent pharmacies.”

Members will have access to an expert panel of attorneys and claims representatives that will handle any claim from start to finish. Furthermore, members will receive support from specialized vendors who are experienced in handling privacy breaches. They will also have access to online compliance materials, training programs, and step-by-step procedures to reduce risk. The vast collection of services will ensure that each pharmacy’s specific needs are met.

“We’re excited to partner with EPIC Pharmacies to provide this valuable, unique coverage to independent pharmacies across the nation,” says Diversified Insurance Industries Executive Vice President Salvatore J. DiPietro, CPCU. “Not only does the buying power of EPIC Pharmacies afford members a free $100,000 coverage policy, but each pharmacy also has the option to augment coverage at a reasonable rate.”

For more information on this and other benefits of EPIC Pharmacies membership, visit www.epicrx.com.

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About EPIC Pharmacies, Inc.: Formed in 1982 and headquartered in Maryland, EPIC Pharmacies is a true co-op of community pharmacies dedicated to personal, quality service and competitive prices. By providing its members with group buying power, provider networks, and managed care solutions essential to delivering quality patient care, EPIC Pharmacies is committed to helping independent pharmacies thrive in today’s chain-saturated marketplace. For more information about EPIC Pharmacies, visit www.epicrx.com.

EPIC Pharmacy Network Partners with PQS to Implement EQuIPP Platform

RICHMOND, Va.— EPIC Pharmacy Network, Inc. (EPN) is pleased to announce the availability of EQuIPP™, a national online platform that performs medication and clinical related quality measurement, to its 2,000 independent pharmacy members.

EQuIPP™ is a performance information management platform that makes unbiased, benchmarked performance data available to both health plans and community pharmacy organizations.

“EPN is proud to provide our independent pharmacy members with both a way to monitor their impact on patient care and the resources and support to improve performance,” says EPIC Pharmacy Network President Angelo Voxakis, P.D.

EPN will provide educational resources, including a series of live webinars, and offer direct support on EQuIPP™ concerns. EQuIPP™ is the latest solution offered to EPN members to help independent pharmacies succeed. Additional network tools include RxRegulatorTM, pharmacy benefits manager (PBM) contracting, helpdesk services, and more.

“We are excited to be working with EPIC Pharmacy Network on patient-centered care quality metrics,” stated Pharmacy Quality Solutions Vice President Professional Relations Elliott Sogol, Ph.D., R.Ph.

EQuIPP™ brings a level of standardization to the measurement of the quality of medication use and makes this information accessible and easy to understand. By doing so, EQuIPPTM facilitates an environment where prescription drug plans and community pharmacies can engage in strategic relationships to address improvements in the quality of medication use.

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About EPIC Pharmacy Network, Inc.: A wholly owned subsidiary of EPIC Pharmacies, Inc. formed in 1992, EPIC Pharmacy Network (EPN) represents independent pharmacies in providing centralized contracting and administrative services to pharmacy benefits managers (PBMs), HMOs, and other third-party payers. For more information, visit www.epicrx.com.About Pharmacy Quality Solutions and EQuIPP™: Pharmacy Quality Solutions (PQS) is a joint venture of the Pharmacy Quality Alliance and CECity. Its primary service, EQuIPP™, is a performance information management platform that makes unbiased performance data available to health plans and community pharmacy organizations. EQuIPP™ brings standardization to the measurement of the quality of medication use and makes this information accessible and easy to understand.

EPIC Pharmacies CEO to Retire in December

COCKEYSVILLE, Md.—Angelo Voxakis, P.D., recently announced his retirement after 16 years as president and CEO of EPIC Pharmacies, Inc., a national network of independently owned pharmacies, effective December 31. An executive search committee has been formed.

“On behalf of the board and everyone at EPIC Pharmacies, I thank Angelo for providing the tremendous leadership and direction that has guided the company to great growth and success,” says Jeff Sherr, P.D., vice president of the EPIC Pharmacies board of directors and president of Apple Discount Drugs.

EPIC Pharmacies has grown from 300 member pharmacies to 1,500 since Voxakis joined the co-op. Membership in EPIC Pharmacy Network, Inc., which provides centralized contracting services, has grown from 280 to 2,200 stores.

Voxakis joined EPIC Pharmacies in 1999 as a licensed pharmacist and independent pharmacy owner. He is a graduate of the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy. Voxakis has served on the Maryland Board of Pharmacy Medication Errors Committee, the Baltimore Metropolitan Pharmacists Association board of directors, and the Maryland Retailers Association board of directors. He is a recipient of the Amerisource Family Pharmacy Award, the Seidman Distinguished Achievement Award, the Bowl of Hygeia Award, and the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy’s Key to Pharmacy Hall and Dean’s Hall of Fame for Distinguished Community Pharmacists.

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About EPIC Pharmacies, Inc.: Formed in 1982 and headquartered in Maryland, EPIC Pharmacies is a not-for-profit buying group of hundreds of independently owned pharmacies across the country. It offers a full range of programs and services while returning its net revenues to its members throughout the year, including a year-end distribution.

EPIC Pharmacies is a true co-op of community pharmacies dedicated to personal, quality service and competitive prices. By providing its members with group buying power, provider networks, and managed care solutions essential to delivering quality patient care, EPIC Pharmacies remains committed to helping independent pharmacies thrive in today’s chain-saturated marketplace.

For more information about EPIC Pharmacies, visit www.epicrx.com.

EPIC Pharmacies CEO Honored for Community Service and Industry Leadership

COCKEYSVILLE, Md.—In recognition of his civic and community leadership, EPIC Pharmacies President and CEO Angelo Voxakis, P.D., has been awarded one of pharmacy’s most prestigious honors, the Bowl of Hygeia Award.

“At the heart of independent pharmacy is serving and caring for the local community. Angelo’s leadership in independent pharmacy and support of numerous civil and professional organizations in Maryland continues to be a testament to the industry,” says EPIC Pharmacies Executive Vice President Mark Barwig.

Voxakis is a supporter of the Arthritis Foundation, Maryland Chapter, and a member of St. Demetrius Greek Orthodox Church in Parkville, Md. He has also served on the McKesson Drug Company National Advisory, the Maryland Board of Pharmacy Medication Errors Committee, the Baltimore Metropolitan Pharmacists Association board of directors, and the Maryland Retailers Association. He received the Amerisource Family Pharmacy Award and the Seidman Distinguished Service to Pharmacy Award. He was president of the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy Alumni Association and received the Key to Pharmacy and Dean’s Hall of Fame.

Licensed as a pharmacist in 1971 and an independent pharmacy owner since 1989, Voxakis brings a personal understanding to the needs of community pharmacy in today’s chain-heavy marketplace. He has been president of EPIC Pharmacies since 1999 and continues to lead the organization of his peers through the evolving business of independent pharmacy care.

The Bowl of Hygeia is the most widely recognized international symbol for the pharmacy profession and is considered one of the profession’s most prestigious awards. The award is sponsored by the American Pharmacists Association (APhA) and National Alliance of State Pharmacy Association (NASPA) and was awarded by the Maryland Pharmacists Association (MPhA) with support from Boehringer Ingelheim. In addition to service through their local, state, and national pharmacy associations, award recipients have devoted their time, talent, and resources to a wide variety of causes and community service.

To learn more about EPIC Pharmacies, visit www.epicrx.com.

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About EPIC Pharmacies, Inc.: Formed in 1982 and headquartered in Maryland, EPIC Pharmacies is a not-for-profit buying group of hundreds of independently owned pharmacies across the country. It offers a full range of programs and services while returning its net revenues to its members throughout the year, including a year-end distribution.

EPIC Pharmacies is a true co-op of community pharmacies dedicated to personal, quality service and competitive prices. By providing its members with group buying power, provider networks and managed care solutions essential to delivering quality patient care, EPIC Pharmacies remains committed to helping independent pharmacies thrive in today’s chain-saturated marketplace.