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William Popomaronis

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Vice President, Strategic Initiat...

Phone: (703) ***-****  
National Community Pharmacists Association
100 Daingerfield Road
Alexandria , Virginia 22314
United States

Company Description: The National Community Pharmacists Association, founded in 1898, represents the nation's community pharmacists, including the owners of more than 24,000 pharmacies....   more

Employment History

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  • University of Maryland
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Bill Popomaronis, R.Ph. Vice President, Strategic Initiatives
CMS names 11 accreditors for DMEPOS suppliers - Drug Topics [cached]
William Popomaronis, National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA) director of pharmacy specialty services, told Drug Topics that NCPA plans to post information on its Web site to help pharmacists understand the pros and consof each of the 11 accreditors.R.Ph.s must understand who all of the players are and what their individual value propositions are in order to decide which organization best serves their business, he said.While NCPA doesn't endorse any particular accreditor, Popomaronis advised R.Ph.s to ask these questions before making their selection:
Popomaronis explained the offerings of four of these organizations.
The National Association of Boards of Pharmacy would appeal to pharmacies that provide inexpensive, routinely purchased cash-and-carry DME, such as glucose test strips ("pharmacy DMEPOS light").The cost for that accreditation is going to be significantly less than what other accreditors are charging, he said.
Popomaronis said that according to an NCPA survey, the cost of accreditation ranges from $5,000 to $15,000.
Bill Popomaronis, RPh, heads ..., 1 July 2008 [cached]
Bill Popomaronis, RPh, heads up the NCPA's Long Term and Home Health Care Pharmacy Division, which provides pharmacists with business management information, niche training, and tools necessary to develop and operate an efficient and successful practice.Offering educational programs, ownership resources, practice tools, and support in their endeavors, the Division also notifies independent pharmacists of changes in regulations that may affect their practice.Popomaronis overflows with initiatives in this role, and his professional history seems to have not only led him to these projects, but also prepared him for tackling them.
In 1982, Popomaronis opened his first pharmacy in Baltimore County, Maryland, with $10,000 down and called it Edward's & Anthony's Pharmacy.The store specialized in helping diabetes and ostomy patients."In a matter of 10 years," he says, "we were able to get the volume of that store up to $3.8 million when the average pharmacy at that time was doing about $1.5 million."While running that pharmacy, Popomaronis saw a need to bring independent pharmacies together—to be treated like a chain such as CVS or Walgreens.So he formed a company called Maryland Independent Pharmacies (MIP)."MIP started with 10 pharmacists that I knew," he explains."And we decided we would get together to buy collectively from the same source so we could garnish economies of scale, similar to what the large chains did.Ultimately this concept caught on throughout the 1980's and eventually we combined with a group in Virginia and changed the name of the pharmacy cooperative to EPIC Pharmacies."
EPIC Pharmacies, Inc. currently has 700 pharmacies in the Mid-Atlantic area."Our tagline was, ,the pharmacy that's right around the corner,' because essentially we were," he shares.While continuing to run his own store, Popomaronis became the president of EPIC, a title he kept for over a decade."We were able to expand the operation to not only buy like chain drug stores, but we were also able to negotiate collectively with third parties insurers like Blue Cross-Blue Shield and some of the HMOs in order to get business for independents that they otherwise might not be able to get."
As EPIC grew and became a bigger part of Popomaronis' life, he was found less often in his store and more often advocating "for the little guy."This role also took him to various mid-Atlantic state legislatures."We were very much involved with bringing forth a pharmacist-friendly legislation that would allow our pharmacies to compete with mail-order operations and with the big chains," he explains."So my role changed from being an independent community pharmacist with his own store and good practice to being head of a pharmacy cooperative—a chain-like entity—and being involved in legislation.So that took a lot of time but it was personally rewarding and I believe it worked out very well for the pharmacist members that were a part of EPIC."
In the 1990's, Popomaronis noticed that a lot of independent pharmacies were selling because of managed care pressures or other reasons.Many of these pharmacies had provided services like durable medical equipment, long-term care services, senior-friendly pharmacy services, and compounding.So these services were being lost to the communities when the independent pharmacies who offered them closed."A chain drug store would be interested in filling prescriptions but not in these other unique services that the independents offered," Popomaronis says.In 1998, Popomaronis went to McKesson Drug Company with some partners and informed them of this plight, suggesting that McKesson work with his team to help them purchase these pharmacies and, in return, McKesson would become the primary wholesaler for the pharmacies.This way, the pharmacies would not need to close up and go away, and the communities would continue to have the services available to them that they needed."McKesson would pick up more business," says Popomaronis, "it made good business sense."A new company was formed for this venture, Anchor Pharmacies, named such because they were looking at it as an anchor for the community.From 1998 to 2001, Popomaronis served as Chief Executive Officer and the company purchased 15 pharmacies."I didn't want to see community pharmacies become cookie-cutter chains," he says.Because he was committed to the company and the concept of keeping community pharmacies viable, Popomaronis sold his own pharmacy into Anchor.
In 2001, Popomaronis left Anchor and took some time off, but, in 2002, he got antsy.
Popomaronis has been with the NCPA since then and has been fortunate enough to be involved in tackling some of the greatest challenges pharmacies have to face."When I started," he says, "I felt it was a logical extension for community pharmacists to be involved in expanding and advancing senior care friendly services, with ,sandwich generation boomers' (boomers raising teens and caring for their parents) needing support, pharmacy was well positioned to provide solutions.Taking care of parents is a very intense and stressful time in one's life and caregivers need education on how to cope with aging challenges."
Popomaronis returned to his original question—how does a 1,000-5,000 square foot independent compete with a 15,000 square foot chain drug store?The answer—independents can provide services that chains do not."My idea," explains Popomaronis, "was that I developed a course to have the pharmacists understand the business of long-term care: how to be an efficient provider, how to be remarkable, and how to distinguish yourself from competition.
The other area on which Popomaronis concentrates a lot of his efforts is diabetes."Persons with diabetes need intense care," he says.
Pharmacist e-Link - William Popomaronis Bio, 1 July 2008 [cached]
William Popomaronis Bio Pharmacist e-Link - William Popomaronis Bio
William Popomaronis, R.Ph.
William (Bill) Popomaronis, R.Ph., is vice president, long term and home health care pharmacy services, for the National Community Pharmacists Association, a position he has held since 2002. Prior to joining NCPA, Popomaronis served as the chief executive officer for Anchor Pharmacies, a mid-Atlantic pharmacy mergers and acquisition company. He is the co-founder and former president of EPIC Pharmacies, an independent pharmacy buying group and pharmacy benefits management company. For more than 20 years, Popomaronis was the owner of Edwards and Anthony Pharmacy in Baltimore County, Maryland. Currently, he is the only pharmacist serving on the CMS Program Advisory and Oversight Committee for DMEPOS competitive acquisition.
Popomaronis Named NCPA Director Pharmacy Specialty Services, 16 Jan 2003 [cached]
Popomaronis Named NCPA Director Of Pharmacy Specialty ServicesAlexandria, Virginia - January 16, 2003
William Popomaronis, R.Ph., has been named director of pharmacy specialty services for the National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA).Popomaronis will be responsible for providing clinical, management, and reimbursement resources to independent pharmacists wishing to enter or currently specializing in a the long-term care or home health care niche markets.
"As many of NCPA's members already understand, it is complementary and profitable for pharmacists to provide these niche products and services to the growing number of patients entering our pharmacies daily," said Popomaronis.
Popomaronis comes to NCPA from Anchor Pharmacies of Hampstead, Maryland where he was co-founder and chief executive officer.His responsibilities included oversight of all operational lines including financial, human resources, purchasing, advertising, marketing, technology initiatives, acquisitions, contract negotiations, political action, and recruitment.
Before co-founding Anchor Pharmacies, Popomaronis co-founded and was president of EPIC Pharmacies of Baltimore, Maryland.
Popomaronis began his career in 1981 as the owner and operator of Edwards and Anthony Pharmacy in Baltimore, Maryland.He is an alumnus of the University of Maryland.
Popomaronis has received several national awards.In 1988, he was recognized by Drug Topics magazine as a "1988 Independent Superstar."He was a finalist in the Ernst and Young, Entrepreneur of the Year, Retail Category for founding EPIC Pharmacies, Inc. in 1998.
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