When: Feb. 17-19, 2022
Where: Disney Coronado Springs Resort, Orlando, FL
February 2022 marks a significant milestone for those in the pharmaceutical industry, especially independent pharmacy owners. The Pharmacy Development Services (PDS) Super Conference returns as a live, in-person event (due to the COVID pandemic, the 2021 conference became a virtual event).
The PDS Super Conference is the largest gathering of high-performance pharmacy owners in the industry. Since 2005, the PDS Super Conference’s primary focus has been to help independent pharmacy owners grow their business while improving patient outcomes in their communities.
It’s a rapidly changing industry, and independent pharmacy owners face many unique challenges, such as:
- Increased DIR fees and decreasing reimbursement.
- Fewer leads from healthcare providers during COVID-19.
- Building and maintaining a patient base.
- Attracting new patients.
- Innovating on a limited budget.
- Adapting and transitioning to a digital world.
- And more.
The goal of the PDS Super Conference is to help independent pharmacy owners discover innovative solutions to these issues, as evidenced by the 2022 theme, “become unstoppable.” More than 1,600 industry leaders attend the conference to exchange ideas and discuss industry trending events. The event also features several dynamic speakers, engaging workshops, informative breakout sessions, interactive presentations, experiential events, and networking opportunities.
“You meet great thinkers in the industry, and you will hear at least a dozen things that you can immediately take back to your pharmacy to implement,” said Lauren James, a pharmacy owner who attended PDS Super Con in 2020.
A highlight of every PDS Super Conference is the Showcase of Success, an award show recognizing independent pharmacy owners who demonstrated outstanding achievements in their businesses over the prior year. PDS members submit a 700-word essay describing a significant business event, milestone, or improvement for consideration for the Showcase of Success. The pieces vary from employee culture and performance to increased business volume, prescriptions, revenue, gross margins, and net income. Award winners step into the spotlight on stage to share their impressive stories with everyone in attendance.
“These stories of resilience, hope, and perseverance remind us to keep moving forward, especially in times of adversity,” Chip Phillips, Chief Executive Officer of Pharmacy Development Services, said in a press release. “Our Showcase of Success winners exemplify what it means to be a PDS member: to thrive as an independent pharmacy owner.”
In addition to the keynote speeches and workshops, more than 150 pre-qualified exhibitors will be on-site to showcase their innovative products and industry expertise. Some businesses confirmed to appear at the trade show include:
- American Associated Pharmacies (AAP)
- Altium Healthcare
- Balanced Health Botanicals (BHB)
- BestRx Pharmacy Software
- Electronic Billing Services, Inc. (EBS)
- Euclid Medical Products
- Letco Medical / Fourth Power Labs
- Micro Merchant Systems
- National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA)
- Paws 4 Liberty
- Pharmacy Services Group of America, Inc. (PSGA)
- Rx Message On Hold
- The Compliance Team
- Wellness Works
“The conference provides solutions and opportunities to address the exact problems you are having. It’s up to you to hear those opportunities and solutions and, more importantly, to act on them,” said Luke Snell, a pharmacy owner and PDS member.
The venue for the 2022 PDS Super Conference is the Disney Coronado Springs Resort. The resort features several amenities on the Disney World property, including pools, a spa, ten restaurants (ranging from casual to upscale), and a fitness facility. Super Con attendees are encouraged to “spend a few extra days playing on championship golf courses, relaxing at luxurious spas, or creating magical theme park memories with family and friends.” As a bonus, attendees can purchase specially priced tickets to the theme parks.
The host of the PDS Super Conference is Pharmacy Development Services, a consulting service and data analytics provider for independent pharmacies. PDS was founded in 1998 by Dan Benamoz, an independent pharmacy owner. Mr. Benamoz noticed that pharmacy school students were graduating with the medicinal knowledge to run a pharmacy but not the necessary business savvy. No resources were available to address the unique challenges that Mr. Benamoz and others like him faced every day. So, he created PDS to provide independent pharmacy owners with the critical enterprise, leadership, and financial skills to run a thriving business.
2022 marks the return of the PDS Super Conference to a physical, in-person trade fair after an entirely virtual 2021 show. Like most trade shows & conferences, the PDS Super Conference had to cancel its 2021 live show and transition to an exclusively online event due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Appropriately, the theme for the 2021 online-only event was “Unstoppable.” Much of the event focused on the role of independent pharmacies during the era of COVID-19. In many rural areas, access to health care is scarce, and residents frequently rely on community pharmacies for various issues. Additional virtual education sessions focused on creating a pharmacy patient lifecycle to drive long-term revenue, improving operations using pharmacy-specific key performance indicators, and the market opportunities for offering point-of-care testing. Also, the Showcase of Success honored six pharmacies for the step they took to overcome adversity during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Tickets to the 2022 PDS Super Conference are available to PDS members and non-members alike. Both tickets grant entry to breakout sessions, keynote speakers, networking opportunities, and the exhibit hall. However, specific workshops, meetups, and exhibitor deals are exclusive to members. For example, the 2019 event featured a members-only, two-day boot camp led by sales expert and author Karl Scheible, a featured keynote speaker. The training seminar focused on improving communication with prescribers and practice managers to help grow a pharmacy and improve patient quality of care.
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