ALEXANDRIA, Va. — The National Community Pharmacists Association has highlighted a recent Consumer Reports magazine survey, which gave independent community pharmacies high marks for overall customer satisfaction and the best ratings of any pharmacy provider in such categories as “speed and accuracy”; “courtesy and helpfulness”; and “pharmacists’ knowledge.”
According to the publication’s pharmacy survey featured in the March 2014 issue of the magazine, patients at independent pharmacies reported shorter wait times and a greater likelihood that independents would have medication in stock, compared to some other pharmacy options.
“Patients come first for independent community pharmacists and it’s encouraging to see that their efforts are noted and appreciated in this survey,” stated NCPA CEO B. Douglas Hoey, who is also quoted in the article. “We congratulate America’s independent pharmacists on this milestone and look forward to continuing to support their efforts to support medication adherence, improve patient health and reduce overall health costs.”
The NCPA noted that independent community pharmacies are consistently recognized in national consumer surveys for their customer service. Locally owned and operated franchisees of Good Neighbor Pharmacy Health Mart and The Medicine Shoppe received the highest customer satisfaction rating from patients in their category of the J.D. Power 2013 Pharmacy Study. In addition, the Pharmacy Satisfaction patient survey sponsored by Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals reported similar findings.