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EPIC Pharmacies Announces 2021 Student Grant Award Recipients

EPIC Pharmacies, Inc., a national network of independently owned pharmacies, announced the winners of its 2021 student grant program. Grants were awarded to six pharmacy students who plan to practice in an independent pharmacy upon graduation.   “EPIC Pharmacies upholds a long-standing legacy of providing the tools and resources for young pharmacists to grow and Continue reading


EPIC Pharmacies Announces CEO Appointment

EPIC Rx has announced the appointment of Robert J. McLaughlin, Jr., R.Ph., as CEO and president. McLaughlin, who has held the role of interim CEO since April 2021, will lead EPIC Pharmacies Inc., EPIC Pharmacy Network Inc., and PharmCAP LLC. A proven business leader, McLaughlin brings 23 years of experience as CEO of Realo Discount Continue reading


What’s Worked at our Pharmacy: A Member’s Perspective on Clinical Services

Anna Baird, PharmD, and Ashley Abode, PharmD, are part of the EPIC Rx Clinical Mentor Program, in which independent pharmacists have graciously offered to share their knowledge and expertise in achieving clinical success with fellow EPIC Rx members. Contact us to learn more.   “At Realo Discount Drugs, we understand dispensing medications is only part of the story when it comes Continue reading


Board of Directors Election Results

The Elections Committee is pleased to announce that the election to fill positions on the EPIC Pharmacies Board of Directors has concluded. Thanks to all who cast their votes. Congratulations to the following eight independent pharmacy owners, including incumbent and new board members. Robert Borgatti, Vienna Drug Center – two-year term Justin Boyd, Coleman Pharmacy Continue reading


EPIC Pharmacies Announces CEO Departure Effective March

After more than six years of service, Jay Romero will step down in his role as CEO of EPIC Pharmacies, Inc., a national network of independently owned pharmacies, and president of EPIC Pharmacy Network, Inc, a nationwide Pharmacy Services Administration Organization (PSAO), effective March 1, 2021. “Jay’s work has helped our organization lay the groundwork Continue reading


EPIC Pharmacy Network Names Bretta Grinsteinner Vice President of Network Development

EPIC Pharmacy Network, Inc. (EPN), the nationwide Pharmacy Services Administration Organization (PSAO), announced today the appointment of Bretta Grinsteinner as vice president of network development. Grinsteinner will be responsible for negotiating with pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs) and health plans on behalf of independent pharmacy members. “This last year has presented many upheavals in the pharmacy Continue reading


EPN President Addresses Supreme Court Ruling and Outlines Next Steps

The Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) ruling in Rutledge v. Pharmaceutical Care Management Association (PCMA), a pharmacy benefit manager (PBM) trade association, is a long-awaited advance in PBM regulations and protecting independent pharmacies. While the court’s judicial review is crucial to interpreting regulations, only the legislature can create new or amend existing laws. Continue reading


State and National COVID-19 Distribution Plans

In the U.S. government’s efforts to develop, distribute, and administer COVID-19 vaccines, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released executive summaries from COVID-19 vaccine playbooks. The executive summaries provide an overview of how each jurisdiction is thinking about and planning for the different phases of COVID-19 vaccine distribution and administration – from limited to Continue reading


Medicare Part D Savings Model Caps Insulin Copays

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has created the Part D Senior Savings Model for the 2021 plan year. Under this model, participating enhanced Part D prescription drug plans, as well as Medicare Advantage plans, with prescription coverage will provide Medicare beneficiaries access to a broad set of insulins at a maximum copay Continue reading


EPIC Rx and ERxDirect Partner to Bring Telemed to Independent Pharmacy

You may have seen EPIC Pharmacies mentioned in several press releases focusing on a partnership we formed in 2019. EPIC Rx is now taking the next steps with ERxDirect, the pharmacy component of Health in Motion Network, to bring this scaled service to our members. EPIC Rx leadership had the foresight to begin this journey Continue reading