Cantrell named Good Neighbor Pharmacy president

VALLEY FORGE, Pa. Michael Cantrell has been promoted to the new position of president of Good Neighbor Pharmacy and group VP retail business development, reporting directly to Jerry Cline, SVP retail sales and marketing at AmerisourceBergen, the wholesaler announced Tuesday afternoon.

“I am looking forward to helping our pharmacists develop their role in healthcare reform, with the understanding that they are a significant component of the solution,” Cantrell stated. “The changes will revolve around access, affordability and quality; and the community pharmacist plays an integral part in healthcare reform.”

In his new role, Cantrell will serve as the national leader of Good Neighbor Pharmacy, a network of more than 3,600 stores that generated some $9.7 billion in prescription revenue in 2009, according to Drug Store News estimates.

Cantrell joined AmerisourceBergen in 2009 as VP central fill business development. Prior to AmerisourceBergen, he was VP professional services at Longs Drug Stores, which at the time was one of the largest regional retail chains in the country. While at Longs, he was appointed to the board of RxAmerica -- Longs’ wholly owned PBM -- and was responsible for central fill initiatives; managed care contracting and performance; state and federal regulatory and legislative affairs; and strategic business development.

Cantrell is a registered pharmacist, having graduated from the college of pharmacy at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City. He earned his J.D. at the former Peninsula University in Mountain View, Calif., and is a current member of the State Bar of California.