Frequently Asked Questions

  • There are so many pharmacy buying groups. What's different about yours?
    We believe we offer the best package of purchasing economics, generics management expertise, data analytics, premium vendor programs and customer service of any buying group in the nation. And we have an unequalled commitment to assertive legal and legislative advocacy to defend your business model. We strive to be a total solution to our members and constantly find new ways to deliver more value. Character matters to us, so we're 100% transparent with our members and our wholesaler, AmerisourceBergen
  • Who owns & runs American Pharmacies?
    APRx is a cooperative that is 100% owned by its members. We have a seven-member Board of Directors elected by our membership. Any active shareholder is eligible to seek a seat on the Board. The Board provides strategic direction and decision-making for APRx, while President Mike Gohlke and Sr. VP of Sales & Operations Laird Leavoy direct daily operations. 
  • Uploaded via media manager.What do you mean by "APRx is 100% transparent?”
    Transparency means that all our members are treated equally, that even the smallest member pharmacy has the same voice and vote (1) as the independent with 10 stores. It means there are no special deals for big stores or for our Board members. There are no hidden payments or contracts, no “sweetheart deals” for a privileged few. We have nothing to hide and and return 93% - 94% of all revenue to our members. We even give our wholesaler (AmerisourceBergen) full knowledge of our member pricing and rebates. With APRx, what you see is truly what you get.
  • Wholesaler discounts & rebates are important, but what other economic benefits do you offer?
    Uploaded via media manager.APRx created its own data analytics program -- RxCOMPASS -- with FDS to give our members powerful tools to identify financial and adherence opportunities in their dispensing data. Our secondary generics program with ParMed is a carefully   monitored savings channel. Our preferred vendor program delivers discounts on products and services from top companies that align with our mission and values. We are building new revenue offerings for our members in areas like long-term care and hospice care while exploring other opportunities that leverage the pharmacist's clinical expertise to generate income outside dispensing. 
  • Uploaded via media manager.Once I'm a member, will I continue to get the best deal on my drug purchases?
    Our Evergreen pricing model keeps our buying plan immediately responsive to market conditions so you always get full value from falling prices. Our VP of Sourcing and Consulting Services, John Cooper, is a leading generics expert who consistently identifies market opportunities that benefit our members. He monitors AmerisourceBergen's pricing and provides valuable feedback to the wholesaler to help it respond more quickly to market changes. American Pharmacies’ expert sales team stays in constant touch with our members to help them receive maximum value in their purchasing relationship. 
  • Isn’t it a bad idea for a buying cooperative to be involved in advocacy?
    Uploaded via media manager.We’ve heard that argument before, too. APRx assumed an aggressive role in representing independents' political interests in Texas because no one was doing it well. The result was the Texas Pharmacy Business Council, a fulltime, independent advocacy organization that has become the national leader in legislative victories for independents. We have since founded the New Mexico Pharmacy Business Council and assisted efforts in many other states while building a federal presence in cooperation with ABC and NCPA. We think a better question is: "Why don't other buying groups work as hard as we do to defend your political interests?"
  • What happens if I decide to leave American Pharmacies?
    If you decide to no longer purchase through our wholesaler agreement, you may still retain your stock as an inactive member. You will not be entitled to future monthly rebates on your generic purchases or annual dividend distributions, but will not forfeit any rebates or dividends to which you are already entitled. If you redeem your APRx stock, you forfeit all entitlement to any payments. If you choose to leave APRx, we will not withhold any payments properly due to you or present you with dubious “administrative charges” designed to cancel out whatever you are owed. We doubt you will ever want to leave, but, if you do we'll treat you with the fairness, transparency and professionalism that define our organization.
  • Who do I contact to get more information about American Pharmacies?
    Simply fill out the Contact Us form on our website and specify the exact nature of your inquiry and we’ll get back in touch with you promptly. Or just call our toll-free number – 877-634-5445 – and let us know how we can help you. If you have questions about our wholesaler offerings or APRx membership, you can contact one of our sales team members.