1. Consider participating in programs that increase access to vaccines. Independent pharmacies can access vaccines through 2 channels: the Federal Retail Pharmcy Program and pharmcy networks such as LeaderNet, Medicine Shoppe, and CPESN USA that service independent pharmacies.
2. Take the initiative to meet with local government officials about your vaccine needs. Unlike pharmacy chains,independents have less bureaucracy, so making these decisions can lead to faster results.
3. Take advantage of the intimacy and increased opportunity for patient interaction that independent pharmacy settings offer. A strong pharmacist-patient relationship can help solve medication-related problems because the patient will be more likely to communicate with the pharmacist.