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 Drugs. Having opened his first pharmacy in 1998, McLaughlin successfully expanded the pharmacy group to 19 locations.
“The entire EPIC Rx board is confident that Joey’s proven record of business and independent pharmacy success will be a great asset to EPIC Rx,” says Jeff Sherr, P.D., EPIC Pharmacies board member and president of Apple Discount Drugs. “Having served with him on the board for several years, I look forward to the strong leadership he will provide for EPIC Rx and its members.”
EPIC Pharmacies is a member-owned cooperative led by a board of directors comprised of independent pharmacy owners. The organization provides buying group, pharmacy service administration organization (PSAO), and compliance solutions to independent pharmacies across the nation.
“This is an exciting new challenge for me. I look forward to leading the organization and improving efficiency and returns to our members,” says McLaughlin. “We have already made considerable progress in a short time by centralizing operations at our growing Virginia office and streamlining programs and services,” says McLaughlin.
McLaughlin joined the EPIC Pharmacies board of directors in 2018 as a licensed pharmacist and independent pharmacy owner. He is a member of the National Community Pharmacists Association and North Carolina Association of Pharmacists. He previously served ten years on the North Carolina Board of Pharmacy, including the role of board president. McLaughlin is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Pharmacy.