Accurate Rx Pharmacy – Columbia
Growing up in Fulton, Mo., Jay Bryant-Wimp, co-owner and founder of Accurate Rx Pharmacy in Columbia, Mo., had a friend with hemophilia.
They did all the things small-town Missouri kids do, but Bryant-Wimp couldn’t help but notice his friend was a little different. When he was injured, he didn’t just shake it off like the other kids but sometimes had to leave.
That experience in part prompted Bryant-Wimp to become a pharmacist. Accurate Rx caters to individuals with chronic diseases such as hemophilia, cystic fibrosis, rheumatoid arthritis, immune deficiencies, growth hormone deficiency, infectious disease, Hepatitis C, psoriasis and Crohn’s disease. The company offers home infusion and specialty pharmacy services to patients nationwide, working with commercial insurance providers as well as Medicare and Medicaid.
Bryant-Wimp had previously worked as a pharmacist in a Washington state hospital and for Walgreens-Option Care in Columbia, which also helped patients living with chronic or complex conditions. He and his wife and co-owner, Stacy, who runs Accurate Rx’s day-to-day operations, eventually decided it was time to strike out on their own, which they did in 2009. Bryant-Wimp says he got great advice on launching the pharmacy and finding financing from Jim Gann, director of technology business development with the MU SBTDC. But the relationship continued beyond that.
“We’d go back to MO SBTDC for accounting assistance and classes, and that really helped out. When I heard about the BGS program, I was immediately interested. We knew we were going to get some good business consulting out of it. But we certainly got more than we ever expected.”
Bryant-Wimp estimates he received $20,000-$25,000 worth of consulting in social media and market, trade show and other research. Accurate Rx was already active in social media, he says, but he was still impressed by the reports.
“It was incredibly thorough; they really came through. Advice on how to make improvements to Facebook and Twitter was in itself tremendous help, and the market research helped us look closer at other states and physicians in our markets whom we could target for sales.
“The great thing was, it was all tangible. These were all take-home points for us. For a small business with limited time and resources to have this information delivered on such a very rapid timeline was perfect. We feel blessed and privileged to have partners like Jim and the BGS team.”
Accurate Rx is licensed in 20 states and currently has six full-time and seven part-time employees. Bryant-Wimp says the firm’s goal is to more than double its clients by the end of next year.
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