2014 Lone Star Reception
(L-R) CEO Doug Hoey of NCPA, former NCPA President John Carson & APRx Board member
Ray Carvajal at the reception.
125+ Pack Our Joint Reception
at NCPA’s Austin Conference
The joint American Pharmacies /TPBC Lone Star Reception on Oct. 19 drew between 125 and 150 people during the National Community Pharmacists Association's annual conference in Austin, which ended Wednesday. The reception, which received sponsorship support from wholesalers AmerisourceBergen and McKesson, was held on the patio of Moonshine Bar & Grill, just across the street from the Austin Convention Center.
As a gentle north breeze swept the patio, a steady flow of guests sampled a buffet of Moonshine's gourmet comfort food and enjoyed a variety of Texas wines and beers. Moonshine is renowned for innovative American comfort food served up in a historic 1852 building. The reception was scheduled for 6-7:30 p.m., but the large crowd there at 7:30 prompted us to continue to about 10:15.
As the state's largest independent cooperative and independent advocacy group, APRx and TPBC hosted a variety of shareholders, prospects and special guests. Attendees included CEO Doug Hoey of NCPA; Steve Pfister, NCPA's senior VP of government affairs; former NCPA president (and APRx member) John Carson; advocacy leader and APRx member Rene Garza and several representatives of AmerisourceBergen and McKesson.
During the event, APRx and TPBC gave away an I-Pad in a raffle drawing and treated attendees to souvenir pilsner glasses emblazoned with the reception logo.
American Pharmacies and TPBC thank AmerisourceBergen and McKesson for their generous support of this event, and we appreciate the enthusiastic attendance that forced us to extend the reception by more than 2.5 hours!
During the Sunday morning advocacy update session at the NCPA conference, Steve Pfister commended TPBC and Executive Director Michael Wright for their leadership in Texas and for their unprecedented feat of passing both MAC reform and audit reform bills in the same session. Texas Pharmacy Business Council is a fully-funded subsidiary of American Pharmacies, the state's largest independent buying group, controlling about 40% of the Texas market.
APRx and TPBC jointly exhibited for all three days of the conference.