What Are the Advantages of Using an Independent Pharmacy?
Shopping local has become quite a trend lately. Some people do it for convenience sake, some because it’s arguably good for the environment, and others do it because they want to invest in their local community. No matter the reason, there are many benefits of doing business with a local retailer and that includes an independent pharmacy. Below we look at some of the benefits of choosing to have your prescriptions filled by your local, independent pharmacist.
Independent pharmacies are typically owned and operated by the pharmacist or a private business. Examples of this type of business include single locations, multi-locations, and supermarket pharmacies. One of the most noticeable benefits of choosing an independent pharmacy is the personal care you will receive. Independent pharmacies are often smaller, storefront locations where the atmosphere promotes relationships and conversation. Having this type of environment encourages pharmacists to take extra time to help customers. Whether a patient is shopping for OTC cold medicine, transferring a prescription from another provider, dealing with insurance complications or looking for a generic alternative to an expensive medication, independent pharmacies often have more time to dedicate to such customer needs.
Aside from personal care, some independent pharmacies are able to offer additional benefits to their customers:
Decreased Wait Times
Access to Extra Services
While all pharmacists are dedicated to providing the highest quality of care to their patients, an independent pharmacy may have the time and resources to give their customers just a bit more. When a question arises, the pharmacist typically knows the history of medicines of the patient, as well as what is currently being taken. Whether it is making a custom order or blend, delivering to a customer’s home, or just becoming more familiar with a patient’s current medical needs, an independent pharmacy can offer some great advantages to its customers.
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