These Are the 9 Items Your Pharmacy Needs This Spring
Spring is in full swing, but are your shelves stocked with the products your patients need this season? If you’re ready to welcome blue skies, sunshine, and better bottom lines, you need to invest in the right items for your independent pharmacy. Think OTCs, supplements, and enough seasonal goodies to get everyone by.
So if you’re ready to shake off the cold and start stocking your shelves with all of the items that your patients need this spring, start here. With the right products on hand, better, brighter days are ahead — not just for your patients, but also for your pocketbook.
To get started, check out these 9 must-have spring items:
More than 50 million Americans suffer from allergies every year. Spring is the prime time for sniffles, sneezes, and other uncomfortable symptoms associated with allergies — but it’s also the prime time to pick up a pack of allergy meds at your pharmacy. Make sure that your store is ready for the demand by keeping a variety of antihistamines, nasal decongestants, and nasal steroids on hand. As a general rule of thumb, you should keep brand-name items but offer one generic according to each category.
According to GoodRx, these are some of the top allergy meds you should consider:
Once you decide on a direction for your allergy OTCs, find out what items your wholesaler offers and then open up those items to your patient base. Don’t forget about tissues, humidifiers, and any other allergy essentials, either.
Another side effect of allergies is itchy, watery eyes — which require an entirely different treatment. Help your patients feel relief faster with an array of eye drops. According to Healthline, the best eye drops to keep on hand (and on your pharmacy’s shelves) are:
After a long, slow winter season, many people are excited to take charge of their health in the spring. Often, this means eating healthier, exercising regularly, and taking vitamins and supplements to fill in the gaps. It’s no surprise, then, that 86% of Americans take vitamins and supplements — so your pharmacy should be selling them. Vitamins can be a great way to supplement prescription medications and open up front-end sales in the process.
According to PBA Health, the top vitamins and supplements to sell are:
Speaking of supplements, probiotics are one of the fastest-growing, fastest-selling supplements on the market right now. About 4 million Americans take probiotics every month, which means that you should get in on the action while you can.
Some probiotics you might want to consider, according to a dietitian from Healthline, are:
Probiotics aren’t the only fast-selling item this spring: CBD continues to top the charts, as new laws open up and patients look to try alternative medicine. With high demand and even higher profit margins, you should start offering CBD to supplement your patients’ medications this season. CBD comes in many different forms, from oils to creams to tinctures and more — but regardless of the kind you get, you’ll see a positive response from your patient base.
Some of the top CBD items to consider are:
To learn more about CBD and get tips and tricks on opening up your own service, visit our blog on PioneerRx, Seize the CBD Opportunity.
Now that it’s spring, the sun is out and the sunscreen is on. Warmer weather means more time outside — and more exposure to harsh UV rays. Your patients are looking for protection, and your pharmacy can give it to them with a full line of pharmacist-recommended sunscreens. Not sure where to start?
According to dermatologists at NBC, here are the ones you should keep in stock:
More time outside also means more opportunities for cuts, scrapes, and strains. Help your patients stay prepared for any accident with a few fully-equipped first aid kits. You can buy pre-made kits, or you can give patients the chance to create their own. If you choose to do the latter, make sure that you get all of the essential first aid supplies, including:
To learn more about each of these and more, visit our blog, 12 Supplies for Your First Aid Kit.
Even though patients are getting out and about in the spring, they still want to keep a variety of items at home for quick and easy use. To accommodate, make sure you have plenty of home health items on hand. Some items you might want to include are:
The best way to celebrate the spring is to give your patients the seasonal items they want and need. Stocking seasonal items can be a great opportunity to increase your front-end sales beyond OTC items and help patients view your pharmacy as more than just a place to pick up prescriptions. As you start ordering items, try looking into:
A new season means new opportunities to become a one-stop-shop for your patients. Find the right items, set the right prices, and see your sales — and your customer satisfaction — increase in the next few months. With the right items, your spring can stay sunny and your patients can stay happy.