Pharmacy Business Plan Template

Pharmacy Business Plan

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Pharmacy Business Plan Example

Below is a sample pharmacy business plan and template to help you create each section of your pharmacy business plan.

Executive Summary

Business Overview

Healthy1 Pharmacy is a new independent retail pharmacy located in Charleston, South Carolina. The company is founded by Stephen Harris, a licensed pharmacist who has spent more than fifteen years working in the pharmacy industry. Stephen is confident that his strong communication skills combined with his keen attention to detail when preparing prescriptions will help him quickly grow a loyal customer base for his new pharmacy. Stephen has recruited a team of highly qualified professionals to help manage the day-to-day complexities of running a retail pharmacy including marketing, sales, customer service, financial reporting, and operations management.

Healthy1 Pharmacy will provide all of the products and services that are available at large retail chains, only with a better price and a small-town atmosphere. At Healthy1, sales associates and pharmacy technicians will get to know each customer by name and be able to offer a more personalized service not typically offered at larger pharmacies. Healthy1 Pharmacy will be a one-stop shop for any customer in need of a prescription, flu shot, OTC medication, and more.

Product Offering

The following are the services that Healthy1 Pharmacy will provide:

  • Over-the-counter (OTC) medications
  • Prescription medications
  • Immunizations
  • Vaccines
  • Travel medications
  • Point-of-Care (POC) Tests
  • Compounding
  • Lab Tests

 

Customer Focus

Healthy1 Pharmacy will target all individuals in Charleston. The pharmacy will target multiple age groups from pediatric to geriatric. Healthy1 will also target patients needing prescriptions filled on a regular basis. No matter the customer, Healthy1 Pharmacy will deliver the best communication, service, and prices.

 

Management Team

Healthy1 Pharmacy will be owned and operated by Stephen Harris. He has recruited Emily Jackson, an experienced retail pharmacy manager to be his Store Manager and help to supervise the staff and run the day-to-day retail operations.

Stephen Harris is a licensed pharmacist with a Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) degree and more than fifteen years of experience working in the pharmacy industry. Stephen has been recognized by his former employer as a top performing pharmacist for five years in a row.

Emily Jackson has been a store manager at a local retail pharmacy for over a decade and has garnered a positive reputation for her exceptional organizational skills and leadership. Emily has worked in the pharmacy industry for so long, she understands all aspects required in running a successful retail pharmacy.

 

Success Factors

Healthy1 Pharmacy will be able to achieve success by offering the following competitive advantages:

  • Friendly, knowledgeable, and highly qualified team of sales associates and pharmacy technicians who will assist customers, answer questions, and provide a personalized approach not found in larger pharmacies.
  • Comprehensive array of products and services that includes everything you would expect from a large pharmacy, only with attentive customer service and lower prices.
  • Healthy1 Pharmacy offers the best pricing in Charleston. The pharmacy’s pricing structure is the most cost effective compared to the competition.


Financial Highlights

Healthy1 Pharmacy is seeking $400,000 in debt financing to launch its new pharmacy. The funding will be dedicated towards securing the retail space and purchasing equipment, inventory, and supplies. Funding will also be dedicated towards three months of overhead costs to include payroll of the staff, rent, and marketing costs. The breakout of the funding is below:

  • Pharmacy and retail space build-out: $100,000
  • Equipment, supplies, inventory, and materials: $100,000
  • Three months of overhead expenses (payroll, rent, utilities): $160,000
  • Marketing costs: $25,000
  • Working capital: $15,000

The following graph below outlines the pro forma financial projections for Healthy1 Pharmacy.

pharmacy financial plan

 

Company Overview

Who is Healthy1 Pharmacy?

Healthy1 Pharmacy is a newly established independent retail pharmacy located in Charleston, South Carolina. Healthy1 Pharmacy will provide all of the products and services that are available at large retail chains, only with lower prices and a small-town atmosphere. At Healthy1, sales associates and pharmacy technicians will get to know each customer by name and be able to offer a more personalized service not typically offered at larger pharmacies. Healthy1 Pharmacy will be a one-stop shop for any customer in need of a prescription, flu shot, OTC medication, and more.
Healthy1 Pharmacy will be able to provide Charleson customers with the experience of a friendly, neighborhood drugstore while ensuring each prescription is handled with the highest standards of quality and care. The team of pharmacy technicians and sales associates will be highly qualified and experienced in helping customers find the right over-the-counter solutions for their individual needs as well as ensuring each prescription is filled accurately and efficiently.


Healthy1 Pharmacy History

Healthy1 is owned and operated by Stephen Harris, a licensed pharmacist with over fifteen years of experience working in the pharmacy industry. Stephen has worked for a large pharmacy chain and managed a team of pharmacy technicians for several years. Stephen’s tenure with the pharmacy chain combined with his pharmaceutical education has given him the skills and knowledge required to start his own pharmacy.

Since incorporation, Healthy1 Pharmacy has achieved the following milestones:

  • Registered Healthy1 Pharmacy, LLC to transact business in the state of South Carolina.
  • Has a contract in place to lease the retail storefront he will use for his pharmacy.
  • Reached out to numerous contacts to include experienced pharmacy technicians and sales associates to advise them of the upcoming opportunities at his new pharmacy.
  • Began recruiting the management team members including a store manager, an accountant/bookkeeper, and a marketing director.

Healthy1 Pharmacy Services

The following are the pharmacy products and services that Healthy1 Pharmacy will provide:

  • Over-the-counter (OTC) medications
  • Prescription medications
  • Immunizations
  • Vaccines
  • Travel medications
  • Point-of-Care (POC) Tests
  • Compounding
  • Lab Tests

 

Industry Analysis

The pharmacy industry in the United States is valued at $534.2B and is projected to grow to $862B by 2028. Major market drivers include a growing number of types of diseases, an increasing percentage of people with chronic illnesses, an aging population, and higher healthcare costs.

There are more prescription medications being developed, and the demand for more prescriptions is growing faster than ever before. In 2020, there were an estimated 860M medications prescribed by physicians and 336M prescribed by hospitals. This prescription demand is resulting in more pharmacies opening across the U.S. The National Council for Prescription Drug Programs (NCPDP) reports an estimated 20,400 independent pharmacies in 2010. This number has grown to over 23,000 by 2019, a 12.9% increase in the number of independent pharmacies for that time period.

Industry operators in the pharmaceutical market can benefit from providing above average customer service, lower prices than competitors, and products or services that aren’t being offered elsewhere.


Customer Analysis

Demographic Profile of Target Market

Healthy1 Pharmacy will target all individuals in Charleston, South Carolina. The pharmacy will target multiple age groups from pediatric to geriatric. Healthy1 will also target patients needing prescriptions filled on a regular basis.

The precise demographics for Charleston, South Carolina are:

 TotalPercent
    Total population1,680,988100%
        Male838,67549.9%
        Female842,31350.1%
        20 to 24 years114,8726.8%
        25 to 34 years273,58816.3%
        35 to 44 years235,94614.0%
        45 to 54 years210,25612.5%
        55 to 59 years105,0576.2%
        60 to 64 years87,4845.2%
        65 to 74 years116,8787.0%
        75 to 84 years52,5243.1%

Customer Segmentation

Healthy1 will primarily target the following customer profiles:

  • Parents of pediatric patients
  • Geriatric patients
  • People taking medications on a regular basis
  • People needing compounding services
  • People looking for vaccines or immunizations
  • People who need lab tests


Competitive Analysis

Direct and Indirect Competitors

Healthy1 Pharmacy will face competition from other companies with similar business profiles. A description of each competitor company is below.

Charleston Care Pharmacy

Charleston Care Pharmacy provides a wide variety of pharmacy products and services including OTC medications, lab testing, and compounding. Located in a senior neighborhood, Charleston Care Pharmacy specializes in serving the geriatric population, but welcomes customers of all ages. Charleston Care Pharmacy’s promise is to deliver effective communication, honesty, and integrity in every transaction. Charleston Care Pharmacy’s team of experienced pharmacy technicians assures customers are well taken care of and prescriptions are filled quickly and correctly.

FeelBetterNow Pharmacy

FeelBetterNowPharmacy is a Charleston-based neighborhood pharmacy that provides a full suite of services including compounding, vaccines, lab testing, local delivery, and more. The owners of FeelBetterNowPharmacy are licensed pharmacists who have extensive experience working for independent retail pharmacies so they understand what customers are looking for in a neighborhood pharmacy. Customers who choose FeelBetterNowPharmacy can rest assured they are getting the best quality products at reasonable prices.

Care Better Pharmacy

Care Better Pharmacy is a trusted Charleston pharmacy that is known for providing superior customer service. They are able to provide a one-stop shop for customers looking for convenient OTC and prescription medications, durable medical equipment, vaccines, and immunizations. Care Better Pharmacy is also able to serve customers in need of compounding, recurring prescriptions, and lab testing. They have expert pharmacy technicians to provide information about each medication and answer all of their customers’ questions.


Competitive Advantage

Healthy1 Pharmacy will be able to offer the following advantages over their competition:

  • Friendly, knowledgeable, and highly qualified team of sales associates and pharmacy technicians who will assist customers, answer questions, and provide a personalized approach not found in larger pharmacies.
  • Comprehensive array of products and services that includes everything you would expect from a large pharmacy, only with attentive customer service and lower prices.
  • Healthy1 Pharmacy offers the best pricing in Charleston. The pharmacy offers its customers low prices on all of its products and services compared to the competition.

 

Marketing Plan

Brand & Value Proposition

Healthy1 Pharmacy will offer the unique value proposition to its customers:

  • Highly-qualified team of skilled pharmacy technicians and sales associates will be able to provide personalized customer service and ensure all prescriptions are handled with care.
  • Unbeatable pricing to its clients – Healthy1 Pharmacy does not mark up its products and services at a large percentage. The pharmacy will offer the lowest prices guaranteed. If a customer finds a cheaper price elsewhere, Healthy1 Pharmacy will give the customer a better price.

Promotions Strategy

The promotions strategy for Healthy1 Pharmacy is as follows:

Website

Healthy1 Pharmacy will create and maintain a company website that is well organized, informative, and lists all the products and services that Healthy1 is able to provide. The website will also list promotions and discounts, informative healthcare articles, and pharmacy-sponsored community events.

SEO/Google Marketing

The company’s marketing director will manage Healthy1’s website presence with SEO marketing tactics so that any time someone types in the Google or Bing search engine “Charleston pharmacy” or “pharmacy near me”, Healthy1 Pharmacy will be listed at the top of the search results.

Social Media Marketing

Healthy1 Pharmacy’s marketing director will also manage the company’s social media presence on several platforms including Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, TikTok, and LinkedIn. The goal of the social media strategy is to attract new customers while engaging with current customers to encourage referrals, reviews, and feedback.

Content Marketing/Email Marketing

The company will post blogs and other promotional content on a regular basis with informative health and wellness information to keep people coming back. Healthy1 will post informative content on the website, social media platforms, and through email newsletters.

Professional Associations/Networking

Healthy1 Pharmacy will become a member of professional associations such as the Independent Retail Pharmacy Association, the National Community Pharmacists Association, and the Tennessee Pharmacists Association. The company will focus networking efforts on expanding its customer base.

Print Advertising

Healthy1 Pharmacy will invest in professionally designed print ads to display in programs or flyers at industry networking events, in magazines, direct mailers, and in local newspapers.

Pricing

The pricing will be lower than competitors so customers feel they receive value when they choose Healthy1 products and services.


Operations Plan

The following will be the operations plan for Healthy1 Pharmacy.

Operation Functions:

  • Stephen Harris will be the Owner and Lead Pharmacist. He will oversee pharmacy technicians. Stephen has spent the past year recruiting the following staff:
  • Emily Jackson – Store Manager who will oversee all retail operations, sales associates, supplier relations, and inventory management.
  • Jessica Johnson – Staff Accountant/Bookkeeper who will provide budgeting, tax payments, and financial reporting.
  • Tim Thompson – Marketing Director who will provide marketing and sales campaigns for Healthy1 Pharmacy.


Milestones:

Healthy1 Pharmacy will have the following milestones complete in the next six months.

9/1/2022 – Finalize contract to lease the retail space.

9/15/2022 – Finalize personnel and staff employment contracts for the Healthy1 Pharmacy team.

10/1/2022 – Finalize contracts with suppliers.

10/15/2022 – Network at industry events and initiate the marketing and promotional campaign.

10/22/2022 – Begin moving into the Healthy1 Pharmacy storefront.

11/1/2022 – Healthy1 Pharmacy opens for business.

 

Management Team

Healthy1 Pharmacy will be owned and operated by Stephen Harris. He has recruited Emily Jackson, an experienced retail pharmacy manager to be his Store Manager and help to supervise the staff and run the day-to-day retail operations.

Stephen Harris is a licensed pharmacist with a Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) degree and more than fifteen years of experience working in the pharmacy industry. Stephen has been recognized for his commitment to excellence in filling prescriptions accurately and efficiently as well as his communication skills and positive rapport with customers.

Emily Jackson has been a store manager at another retail pharmacy for over a decade and has garnered a positive reputation for her exceptional organizational skills and leadership. Emily has worked in the pharmacy industry for so long, she understands all aspects required in running a successful retail pharmacy.


Financial Plan

Key Revenue & Costs

The revenue drivers for Healthy1 Pharmacy are the fees charged to customers in exchange for the pharmacy’s products and services.

The cost drivers will be the overhead costs required in order to staff a pharmacy. The expenses will be the payroll cost, rent, utilities, inventory, supplies, and marketing materials.

Funding Requirements and Use of Funds

Healthy1 Pharmacy is seeking $400,000 in debt financing to launch its pharmacy business. The funding will be dedicated towards securing the retail space and purchasing equipment, inventory, and supplies. Funding will also be dedicated towards three months of overhead costs to include payroll of the staff, rent, and marketing costs. The breakout of the funding is below:

  • Pharmacy and retail space build-out: $100,000
  • Equipment, supplies, inventory, and materials: $100,000
  • Three months of overhead expenses (payroll, rent, utilities): $160,000
  • Marketing costs: $25,000
  • Working capital: $15,000


Key Assumptions

The following outlines the key assumptions required in order to achieve the revenue and cost numbers in the financials and in order to pay off the startup business loan.

  • Number of prescriptions filled per month: 2,000
  • Average fees collected each month: $50,000
  • Retail lease per year: $100,000

 

Financial Projections

Income Statement
  FY 1FY 2FY 3FY 4FY 5
Revenues
Total Revenues$360,000$793,728$875,006$964,606$1,063,382
Expenses & Costs
Cost of goods sold$64,800$142,871$157,501$173,629$191,409
Lease$50,000$51,250$52,531$53,845$55,191
Marketing$10,000$8,000$8,000$8,000$8,000
Salaries$157,015$214,030$235,968$247,766$260,155
Initial expenditure$10,000$0$0$0$0
Total Expenses & Costs$291,815$416,151$454,000$483,240$514,754
EBITDA$68,185 $377,577 $421,005 $481,366 $548,628
Depreciation$27,160$27,160 $27,160 $27,160 $27,160
EBIT$41,025 $350,417 $393,845$454,206$521,468
Interest$23,462$20,529 $17,596 $14,664 $11,731
PRETAX INCOME$17,563 $329,888 $376,249 $439,543 $509,737
Net Operating Loss$0$0$0$0$0
Use of Net Operating Loss$0$0$0$0$0
Taxable Income$17,563$329,888$376,249$439,543$509,737
Income Tax Expense$6,147$115,461$131,687$153,840$178,408
NET INCOME$11,416 $214,427 $244,562 $285,703 $331,329
Balance Sheet
  FY 1FY 2FY 3FY 4FY 5
ASSETS
Cash$154,257$348,760$573,195$838,550$1,149,286
Accounts receivable$0$0$0$0$0
Inventory$30,000$33,072$36,459$40,192$44,308
Total Current Assets$184,257$381,832$609,654$878,742$1,193,594
Fixed assets$180,950$180,950$180,950$180,950$180,950
Depreciation$27,160$54,320$81,480$108,640 $135,800
Net fixed assets$153,790 $126,630 $99,470 $72,310 $45,150
TOTAL ASSETS$338,047$508,462$709,124$951,052$1,238,744
LIABILITIES & EQUITY
Debt$315,831$270,713$225,594$180,475 $135,356
Accounts payable$10,800$11,906$13,125$14,469 $15,951
Total Liability$326,631 $282,618 $238,719 $194,944 $151,307
Share Capital$0$0$0$0$0
Retained earnings$11,416 $225,843 $470,405 $756,108$1,087,437
Total Equity$11,416$225,843$470,405$756,108$1,087,437
TOTAL LIABILITIES & EQUITY$338,047$508,462$709,124$951,052$1,238,744
Cash Flow Statement

  FY 1FY 2FY 3FY 4FY 5
CASH FLOW FROM OPERATIONS
Net Income (Loss)$11,416 $214,427 $244,562 $285,703$331,329
Change in working capital($19,200)($1,966)($2,167)($2,389)($2,634)
Depreciation$27,160 $27,160 $27,160 $27,160 $27,160
Net Cash Flow from Operations$19,376 $239,621 $269,554 $310,473 $355,855
CASH FLOW FROM INVESTMENTS
Investment($180,950)$0$0$0$0
Net Cash Flow from Investments($180,950)$0$0$0$0
CASH FLOW FROM FINANCING
Cash from equity$0$0$0$0$0
Cash from debt$315,831 ($45,119)($45,119)($45,119)($45,119)
Net Cash Flow from Financing$315,831 ($45,119)($45,119)($45,119)($45,119)
Net Cash Flow$154,257$194,502 $224,436 $265,355$310,736
Cash at Beginning of Period$0$154,257$348,760$573,195$838,550
Cash at End of Period$154,257$348,760$573,195$838,550$1,149,286

A pharmacy business plan is a plan to start and/or grow your pharmacy business. Among other things, it outlines your business concept, identifies your target customers, presents your marketing plan and details your financial projections.

You can easily complete your pharmacy business plan using our Pharmacy Business Plan Template here.

There are a number of different kinds of self storage business, some examples include: Pharmacy, Home Care Pharmacy, Mail Order Pharmacy and Compounding Pharmacy.

Pharmacy businesses are often funded through small business loans. Personal savings, credit card financing and angel investors are also popular forms of funding.

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