SAN DIEGO â€“ While the pharmacy industry is taking many proactive steps to protect its interests and promote its value, time is growing short to accomplish this, said Chris Dimos, president, Supervalu Pharmacies, Franklin Park, Ill. Dimos was the chairman of the Pharmacy & Technology Conference of the National Association of Chain Drug Stores, Alexandria, Va., held here this week. Attending past meetings, Dimos said he often heard: â€śthe time is now.â€ť However, â€śI think the time is almost over. We really have to drive to change because I donâ€™t believe that the industry or the profession or the business of pharmacy is going to be able to allow much more time in order to change,â€ť he said. This is as true for supermarkets as other players in the pharmacy business, he told SN. â€śSome supermarkets got into the pharmacy business as a convenience, but it has quickly turned out that it is a profession and that it is an integral part of their overall business, and their overall success,â€ť Dimos said.
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