Smith Drug Partners with Diplomat to bring Specialty Pharmacy to Independent Retail Pharmacies
Smith Drug Company (SDC) and Diplomat Retail Specialty Network have come together to offer SDC customers access to specialty pharmacy services. This agreement enables pharmacies to provide full service specialty pharmacy for patients with complex chronic diseases.
“Our customer pharmacies are very often the first source of healthcare services for their patients,” explained Brian Purscell, RPh, Senior Vice President, Pharmacy solutions for Smith Drug Company. “These pharmacists can now offer specialty pharmacy services for chronic conditions, including cancer, hepatitis, multiple sclerosis and other serious, long-term conditions, with the support of a national organization, renowned for patient care. Our agreement with Diplomat means expanded services for our customers, and better patient care overall.”
Diplomat will work with Smith Drug Company to provide 24/7 access to specialty pharmacists and technicians, improved medication adherence and reducing patient costs. Specialty pharmacy services can be branded to the individual pharmacy, so that the patient stays with the pharmacy team they know and trust, while customer service for this highly complex offering is managed with the care and expertise patients have come to expect from their local store.
“Smith Drug Company is committed to doing what is best for the patient, and we believe offering our customers the opportunity to expand their pharmacy services into specialty care through Diplomat is just that: what is best for the patient. As an organization led by pharmacists, we understand the challenges in today’s pharmacy market, and our agreement with Diplomat helps our customers not only meet those challenges, but excel,” said Jeff Foreman, RPh, president of Smith Drug Company.