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With an integrated system that includes ERP, financials, commerce, inventory management, HR, PSA, supply chain management, CRM and more – NetSuite enables fast-growing businesses across all industries to work more effectively by a...Read more about NetSuite

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Epicor for Retail

Epicor retail POS and business management solutions are designed to help independent retailers work smarter, not harder. With more than 45 years of experience built-in, Epicor retail solutions help retailers in nearly 8,000 locati...Read more about Epicor for Retail

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Gofrugal POS is a hybrid point of sale (POS) solution that helps retailers across various industries, to manage their distribution and billing routines and automate financial transactions. The solution can be deployed either on-pr...Read more about GoFrugal


Winpharm from Datascan is a pharmacy management solution for independent retail pharmacies, hospital pharmacies, outpatient pharmacies, doctors, dispensaries and long-term care management businesses. It helps users manage the need...Read more about Winpharm

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LS Retail

LS Central is a unified POS and ERP software solution built on Microsoft Dynamics technology. It brings together several functionalities in one application such as financials (the Microsoft Dynamics ERP), point of sale (POS), stor...Read more about LS Retail


BestRx offers pharmacies a comprehensive software solution that is highly intuitive and can be customized to meet the unique needs of each pharmacy. This includes many time-saving integrations, first-to-market features and remote ...Read more about BestRx

Rx30 Pharmacy System

Rx30 Pharmacy System is a cloud-based, end-to-end pharmacy management solution designed to help pharmacies of all sizes streamline processes related to prescription dispensing, workflow management, point-of-sale (POS) transactions...Read more about Rx30 Pharmacy System


RxVantage is a cloud-based healthcare management system that streamlines communication between medical practitioners and representatives. The platform’s key features include online appointment booking, automated rule enforcement, ...Read more about RxVantage


In a constantly evolving pharmacy landscape, PrimeRx developed by Micro Merchant Systems guides pharmacies with innovative technologies that change patient behaviors and industry trends to build healthier communities. Pharmacist...Read more about PrimeRx


Yelo is a food delivery software designed to help businesses create multi-vendor marketplaces to sell goods and provide services. The platform provides a geofencing feature, which enables administrators to automatically detect cus...Read more about Yelo

Helix Core

Helix Core is a version control solution that enables businesses to monitor and manage changes across videos, binary files, IPs, codes and other digital assets via a unified portal. The application helps development teams to colla...Read more about Helix Core

Abacus Pharmacy Plus

Abacus Pharmacy Plus is a pharmacy software that helps businesses in the healthcare sector process prescriptions and create purchase orders. Administrators can add patient details and transmit online claims on a unified interface....Read more about Abacus Pharmacy Plus

Pharmacy Management Systems

QS/1 Pharmacy Management Systems is a suite of apps that includes NRx and ShipRx. It is designed to handle the pharmacy operations of retail chains and independent stores. The software includes prescription processing workflows,...Read more about Pharmacy Management Systems

Dr. First

DrFirst, the medication management leader in the industry for over 21 years pioneered EPCS with DEA, myBenefitCheck (Real-Time Benefit Check), and artificial intelligence in the field of medication management. DrFirst is always in...Read more about Dr. First

VIP Pharmacy Management System

VIP Pharmacy Management System is designed to help businesses of all sizes handle orders, inventories, electronic prescriptions, accounting and more on a centralized platform. The application enables stakeholders to conduct Medica...Read more about VIP Pharmacy Management System

Speed Script

Independent Pharmacies separate themselves from chains by providing unique services to their patients in their community and become trusted healthcare providers. Engage Speed Script as a pharmacy management software and technology...Read more about Speed Script


FrameworkLTC is a pharmacy management platform built to meet the complex needs of long term care pharmacies at all stages of growth. Our integrated suite of solutions equips pharmacies with the tools they require to operate effici...Read more about FrameworkLTC


Designed for small to large healthcare organizations, RxDotNet is a cloud-based solution that helps streamline pharmacy operations via inventory control, online invoices, prescription management, reporting and more. Key features i...Read more about RxDotNet

Medstar HIS

MedStar HIS is a cutting-edge, all-encompassing health information and management system that combines all HIS components into a single, intelligent information system to increase operational effectiveness and support organization...Read more about Medstar HIS


ECP eMAR is an electronic Medication Administration Record solution, which enables daycare centers, assisted living facilities and pharmacies to streamline risk mitigation, document follow-ups and medical charting, among other pro...Read more about ECP eMAR

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Buyers Guide

Last Updated: March 16, 2023

Here’s what we’ll cover:

What Is Pharmacy Software?

Common Features of Pharmacy Software

Benefits of Pharmacy Software

What Type of Buyer Are You?

Market Trends to Understand

What Is Pharmacy Software?

Pharmacy software is used by drug stores to simplify and automate prescription processing. It's similar in many ways to a traditional point of sale (POS) system, but with specialized functionality specific to the pharmaceutical industry, enabling pharmacies to manage inventory and fill prescription with maximum efficiency.

As the health care industry continues to grow in size and complexity, running a pharmacy business has become increasingly difficult and competitive. Despite shrinking profit margins, pharmacists are expected to be able to offer knowledge and advice to customers and ensure excellent customer service while also adhering to complex regulations and continuing to drive profitability.

The challenges are often even greater for multi-store pharmacy owners, as they have a number of responsibilities, including:

  • Managing multiple teams

  • Ensuring all necessary paperwork is completed

  • Streamlining workflows

  • Managing inventory levels

As such, many seek out a dedicated pharmacy management solution to help run their daily operations.

We’ve created this guide in order to help pharmacists better understand the pharmacy software market, so they can make an informed decision about what solution is right for their business.

Common Features of Pharmacy Software

Most pharmacy management solutions offer much of the same features and functionality as a retail point of sale (POS) solution. They also include features that are specialized to the pharmacy business.

Automatic refills

This feature enables pharmacy stores to automatically refill clients’ prescribed medicines during a specified period, before they run out.

Bar code scanning

This feature enables the ability to scan barcodes to ensure accurate pricing and label tracking while preventing human errors associated with medication handling.

Barcode generation

This feature creates printable barcodes to fulfill prescription labelling requirements.


This feature enables pharmacy owners to receive electronic prescriptions directly from patients’ medical practitioners, thus avoiding the need for handwritten prescriptions and helping to speed the process of filling prescriptions.

Inventory management

This feature enables users to optimize and manage inventory levels to ensure they remain at capacity while minimizing inventory costs by making sure only those medications that are necessary are in stock.

Point of sale (POS)

This feature helps sales clerks ring-up customers and process payments. Ensures cashiers charge the correct amount, adjusts inventory and prints receipts.

Prescription processing

This feature enables pharmacists to process single or multiple prescriptions simultaneously. It can also help reduce manual overhead activities while tracking inventory levels.

Rx image scanning

This feature enables pharmacies to scan, read and store hard copies of prescriptions. In addition, it reduces the need for filing manual prescriptions and retrieving paper prescriptions.


Reporting tools can identify slow to sell products and send automatic notifications if inventory levels drop to a certain level. This feature also analyzes business performance by monitoring specific metrics such as inventory levels, operational efficiency and customer satisfaction levels.

Benefits of Pharmacy Software

Pharmacists and drug store owners can realize numerous benefits by adopting a pharmacy management solution, including:

More streamlined, automated workflows. Pharmacy software systems can eliminate potential processing errors, automates purchasing and reduces the amount of time spent on manual tasks. Features, such as POS, image scanning and e-prescribing, automate the tasks of payment processing, data entry and prescription processing—all of which can improve an organization’s operational efficiency. In addition, pharmacy management software enables pharmacists to plan and distribute staff rosters and assign and monitor working hours to ensure the business is adequately staffed at all times.

Providing better customer service. Pharmacy management software systems help druggists provide more comprehensive knowledge and advice to customers by suggesting appropriate generic substitutes for prescriptions. These generics have the same anatomical therapeutic chemical (ATC) code, yet are fare less costly for patients. Pharmacy solutions also enable pharmacists to run marketing campaigns and loyalty programs as well as send automatic notifications for refilling medications, so customers can stay on top of their prescriptions.

Ensure complete coverage of business operations. Pharmacy software systems are designed to manage every part of a pharmacist’s business, from inventory management to maintaining regulatory compliance. Moreover, these tools provide helpful features that are essential for running a retail business, including advance expiry alerts, automated sales operations and purchase tracking.

Analyze business performance. Detailed reports provide pharmacy owners with performance insights, so they have access to both real-time and historical tracking in key performance areas. Many pharmacy solutions also enable customized reports and data visualizations using integrated business intelligence tools.

What Type of Buyer Are You?

Single-store retail pharmacy owner. These are independent medicine stores where owners typically have complete control over all managerial and operational decisions. Such independent stores often seek solutions that will enable them to adopt new regulations, reduce paperwork, increase operational efficiency and gain ground on their competitors.

Multi-store/multi-location pharmacy owner. The requirements and challenges of multi-store retailers are considerably greater than those of single-store retailers. Their primary requirement is to manage teams and operations from a central location, which means that features such as inventory management and real-time information sharing become pivotal in monitoring operational efficiency and consistency from one location to the next.

Specialty pharmacy owner. A specialty pharmacy operates differently than a traditional pharmacy retailer. The supply chain and logistics required for the handling and processing of specialty drugs also typically comes with increased compliance and regulatory measures that one must follow. Such buyers often seek out solutions that have a greater degree of customization in order to allow for these nuances.

Market Trends to Understand

Mobile applications. Mobile applications enhance customer accessibility and enable pharmacists to receive orders and accept payments from clients’ mobile devices. Such applications also enhance customer convenience by enabling pharmacists to process orders or refill inventory on-the-go. Clients can also opt for automatic refills and share e-prescriptions through these applications.

Software-as-a-Service (SaaS). Cloud computing has impacted numerous industries, including health care, and cloud adoption rates are higher among small and midsize businesses (SMBs). According to Forbes, 78 percent of U.S. SMBs will adopt cloud computing by 2020. Cloud-based pharmacy solutions can not only reduce capital investment and provide agility when it comes to digital infrastructure, but also make it easier for pharmacy owners to launch and manage multiple locations.