How to start a pharmacy store

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How to start a pharmacy store
Pharmacies supply prescription medications for their customers. (pharmacy image by robert mobley from

Pharmacy stores sell medications that doctors prescribe to patients, over the counter medicines which do not require a prescription and many other retail items such as reading glasses, make-up and weight loss products. To start a pharmacy store, you need to select a good location that will attract business. You will also need to find reliable wholesalers. Most importantly, you must have the ability to provide your customers with quality advice regarding their medications.

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    Obtain a pharmacy degree. Complete a pharmacy program to earn your doctorate of pharmacy. In addition to earning your medical degree, you will learn how to operate a successful pharmacy department in a well-rounded pharmacy program. If you do not wish to become a pharmacist, you will have to hire at least one pharmacist to work in your store.

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    Select a location. Pick a physical location which has ample retail space as well as room for your pharmacy department. Choose a building that is not too close to other pharmacies or businesses which offer similar retail products. You want to avoid an overly-competitive environment. Consider leasing your store so you can move once the lease has expired, if you find you are not happy with the location.

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    Obtain a pharmacy permit. Contact the state Division of Drug Control office located in your area to find out the cost and process involved in obtaining the permit. You will also need business permits from your county and city. Be prepared to receive visits from local officials who will make sure your store meets local regulations. Inspectors will check that proper garbage disposal, fire safety, health department and equipment guidelines are being met.

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    Find suppliers for your pharmacy. Locate a source that can provide you with good rates on prescription and non-prescription medications. Select a company which has been around for a number of years and has a good reputation. You may also need to find different suppliers for various retail items, such as magazines. Always ask potential suppliers if they are willing to give discounts if you buy in bulk.

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    Reach out to pharmacy schools in your area. Contact institutions which award degrees in pharmacy to see if they can refer students to your store. Students nearing graduation are good candidates for work as pharmacy technicians. If you hire and properly train good techs, they can make your job as pharmacy owner much easier.

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