Every day, prescription pain medications play a role in improving quality of life for the 75 million people who suffer from chronic pain in the US. With the population aging, cancer incidence increasing and the number of surgeries performed growing, that number is expected to increase significantly in the coming years.
The growth of the pain-management market has created opportunities for patients, physicians and the healthcare industry alike, but it has also created challenges: according to the Centers for Disease Control, the illegal use and abuse of controlled medications is an epidemic in the United States.
With the global pain management market expected to reach $60 billion in 2015, the safe and efficient distribution of controlled substances will be crucial to maximizing benefits to patients and physicians, while minimizing the challenges and risks. A pharmacy that specializes in the safe distribution of controlled medications with more than eight years of service to patients, physicians and major drug distributors, Assured Pharmacy is more committed than ever to being the leader in this field.
In order to meet this objective, we are embarking on an aggressive new store-opening campaign for 2013, with the aim of creating a national footprint over the next three years. The low cost of a new store opening, coupled with increased demand for our services, sets the stage for a major expansion, with several near-term milestones on the horizon:
We have already identified six locations for new stores. Using our successful Kansas store opening as a model, we will enlist the support of physician groups prior to opening the new stores to ensure rapid growth and profitability from the start.