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Cardinal Health


The Medicap Pharmacy® franchise began in 1971, with the opening of its first store in Des Moines, Iowa. Then called the Medicine Chest, this retail store served as the prototype for all Medicap Pharmacy locations to come. It combined several ideas into a concept that is still basic to the Medicap Pharmacy approach to pharmaceutical care – convenience, savings and a heightened level of patient care. It is from these fundamental ideas that the Medicap Pharmacy philosophy took shape.

In 1973 the company began franchising their concept and by 1981, the network of Medicap Pharmacy locations had grown to 28 in the state of Iowa. The network expanded for the first time outside the borders of Iowa in 1984 with the opening of a new Medicap Pharmacy store in neighboring Minnesota. Less than 10 years later, in 1993, an important milestone was reached when the 100th Medicap Pharmacy store opened for business.

In 2003, Medicap Pharmacies Incorporated was acquired by Medicine Shoppe International, Inc. (MSI). Today, Medicap Pharmacies Incorporated is a wholly owned subsidiary of MSI supporting both The Medicine Shoppe and Medicap Pharmacy brands. Similar to Medicap Pharmacy locations, Medicine Shoppe pharmacies are franchises that focus on personalized patient care and services. Both companies offer franchisees a business proposition that enables them to control their own hours, select their own location(s) and receive the financial and personal benefits of owning their own business. 

Together, The Medicine Shoppe Pharmacy and Medicap Pharmacy stores form a network of more than 500 pharmacy locations nationwide and over 200 international pharmacies. All are committed to offering expert, personalized pharmaceutical care to each and every one of their patients.

Committed to customer care

All Medicap Pharmacy stores are built upon the founding principle that each patient deserves personal, professional care and low-cost prescriptions. Our prime store locations, state-of-the-art store design and online refills have helped us redefine the meaning of pharmacy convenience. Additionally, offering customers instant accessibility to our pharmacists has solidified our stance as the pharmacy that always makes time for you.

We continue to grow by focusing on new opportunities in the ever-changing health care market. Most all of our newest pharmacies feature private patient consultation rooms, and many of our older pharmacies have been remodeled to accommodate patient counseling areas.

About Medicine Shoppe International

Medicine Shoppe International, Inc. (MSI), a Cardinal Health Company, is distinguished for its commitment to providing expert, personalized health care. MSI is one of the largest franchisors of independent community pharmacies in the U.S. with over 500 Medicine Shoppe and Medicap Pharmacy** locations across the United States, and more than 200 international pharmacies.

** MSI acquired Medicap Pharmacies Incorporated in 2003, which franchises independent community pharmacies in the U.S. under the Medicap Pharmacy trade name.

About Cardinal Health, Inc.
Headquartered in Dublin, Ohio, Cardinal Health, Inc. (NYSE: CAH) is a $91 billion health care services company that improves the cost-effectiveness of health care. As the business behind health care, Cardinal Health helps pharmacies, hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers, clinical laboratories and physician offices focus on patient care while reducing costs, enhancing efficiency and improving quality. Cardinal Health is an essential link in the health care supply chain, providing pharmaceuticals and medical products and services to more than 100,000 locations each day and is also the industry-leading direct-to-home medical supplies distributor. The company is a leading manufacturer of medical and surgical products, including gloves, surgical apparel and fluid management products. In addition, the company operates the nation's largest network of radiopharmacies that dispense products to aid in the early diagnosis and treatment of disease. Ranked #22 on the Fortune 500, Cardinal Health employs 34,000 people worldwide. More information about the company may be found at www.cardinalhealth.com and @CardinalHealth on Twitter.