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Benzer enters Colorado, Texas through franchise model

BY David Salazar
BYERS, Colo. and TOMBALL, Texas — Benzer Pharmacy, fresh off opening its first location in California, is continuing to enter new states. The Tampa, Fla.-based chain has opened its first stores in Colorado and Texas through its franchise model. 
 
The Texas location, owned by Jinal Shah, is located in Tomball, and the Colorado location is in Byers, and owned by Harry Patel, Siddarth Patel and Chetna Patel. The Colorado location was formerly known as Chase Pharmacy and is located inside the Byers General Store.
 
“We will assist patients with their medication requirements and answer any questions regarding their prescriptions.” Harry Patel said. “The pharmacy at Colorado has been in operation since 1968 and will continue to deliver to several locations in Bennett, Strasburg, Watkins, and Deer Trail. We plan to open another store in Colorado Springs.” 
 
The pharmacies will offer such services as competitive price matching on medication and refill reminders, as well as assistance with Medicare and Medicaid claims, among others. 
 
Benzer said that through its franchise model, it’s expecting to be in a strong position to negotiate drug prices with manufacturers while offering franchisees the recognition of a national brand, business coaching, and access to expert HR, marketing, accounting, compliance and operational support. 
 
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Benzer Pharmacy moves into California with eye on growth

BY David Salazar
LONG BEACH, Calif. — Benzer Pharmacy announced recently that it had made its entry into the California market with the acquisition of Care Right Pharmacy. And according to the company, this is just the start of the chain’s expected growth in the Golden State. 
 
Benzer Pharmacy told  that it is planning to make California one of its major markets, with plans to open five more stores in the state by June 2018. 
 
Benzer’s new location will feature all of its services, which include such limited distribution specialty drugs as Cosentyx, as well as standard pharmacy customer service and clinical offerings. 
 
“We are looking at how we can provide better clinical care by providing personalized medical advice and cost-effective treatment methods.” Benzer Pharmacy president Alpesh said. “Benzer Pharmacy will keep the same community spirit and preserve the legacy of the previous owner.”
 
The store will be open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
 
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Snead named APhA Jacob W. Miller Award winner

BY Brian Berk

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Rebecca Snead, RPh, was named the recipient of the 2017 American Pharmacists Association Foundation’s Jacob W. Miller Award. The award recognizes individuals who have advanced the APhA Foundation’s mission through involvement in its programs, support of its initiatives, or leadership in carrying out its mission. It was established in 2000 to honor Jacob Miller, who served as president of the APhA Foundation from 1991 to 2000.

Snead, EVP and CEO of the National Alliance of State Pharmacy Associations, will be honored at the APhA2017 Annual Meeting & Exposition, March 24-27, 2017, in San Francisco. The official award presentation will take place on March 27 at the APhA Foundation Contributors’ Breakfast.

“I am truly honored to be selected as the recipient of the Jacob W. Miller Award from the APhA Foundation,” said Snead. “Jake is a longtime friend and a mentor to me, so it makes this award even more special.”

Prior to her role at NASPA, Snead served as executive director of the Virginia Pharmacists Association for 13 years. Throughout her career, Snead has promoted medication safety and quality, currently serving the profession in a number of ways such as holding the position of secretary/treasurer for the Alliance for Patient Medication Safety Pharmacy, being a member of the Alliance for Integrated Medication Management board, being a founding member of the Pharmacy Quality Alliance, and serving on the executive committee of the Pharmacy HIT Collaborative.

Snead received the 2008 APhA Gloria Niemeyer Francke Leadership Mentor Award and the National Association of Chain Drug Stores’ Foundation’s UCB Leadership in Pharmacy Award. Snead is active in APhA Foundation programs, being a staunch supporter of the Bowl of Hygeia program where she promotes and markets the efforts of the award selection process and coordinates with state associations to announce recipients, and works with Foundation staff to organize Bowl of Hygeia receptions.

In addition, Snead has been a philanthropic contributor to a number of programs, including the 1953 Society, Bowl of Hygeia, Daniel A. Herbert Incentive Grant Award, Carl F. Emswiller Memorial Fund, Capital Building Campaign, and other APhA Foundation Annual Fund appeals.

“It has been a pleasure working with the APhA Foundation on many projects and activities throughout my career, but none are as close to my heart as the Bowl of Hygeia program recognizing individuals’ exemplary community service,” Snead said. “I would like to thank the APhA Foundation staff and volunteers for all that they do for the profession of pharmacy and extend a special thank you to Jake Miller for providing an example of leadership and community service that we all can strive to emulate.”

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