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The Medicine Shoppe pharmacy was established in 1968 by St. Louis pharmacist, Michael Busch. Busch’s mission was to bring to his community a pharmacy that was both dedicated to personalized service and managed by the pharmacist.

Busch’s pharmacist-run business model allowed him the freedom he needed to grow his business and simultaneously focus on the needs of his customers. It quickly proved successful.


In 1970, Busch established Medicine Shoppe International, Inc. (MSI), allowing him to extend franchise-ownership opportunities to other customer-friendly, entrepreneurial pharmacists and independent investors. In 1971, the first franchised Medicine Shoppe pharmacy opened.

Over the years, MSI continued to grow, adding health screenings, medication therapy management, Specialized Care Centers and other unique services. In 1991, the company expanded internationally with its first master franchise in Taiwan.

In 1995, Cardinal Health, acquired MSI. In 2003, MSI acquired Medicap Pharmacies Incorporated, further expanding the brand’s reach.

Today, MSI continues to grow and focus on the needs of the customer by offering a full line of over-the-counter products, important health screenings, and the personal care and attention of a knowledgeable pharmacist who always takes the time to get to know his or her customers.

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.