Hy-Vee, Inc. has expanded its pharmacy access to Manson, Iowa, after its purchase of the Medicap Pharmacy, which reopened as a telepharmacy under the Hy-Vee Pharmacy name.
Medicap’s pharmacy technician has joined the H-Vee Pharmacy team and a full-time pharmacist will be available on-site 16 hours per month.
“We are thrilled to provide Hy-Vee pharmacy services and maintain a personal pharmacist connection for residents in Manson through our new telepharmacy location,” said Kristin Williams, Hy-Vee’s SVP and chief health officer. “Enhancing health care for our customers is a top priority, and this location will fill prescriptions as well as offer additional health and wellness services that Hy-Vee is known for.”
At the telepharmacy, a prescription is processed similarly to how it would be at a Hy-Vee retail pharmacy. A pharmacist at the Fort Dodge Hy-Vee will verify the prescription for accuracy, as well as review the prescription for appropriateness in dosing and safety. Once the pharmacist completes an initial verification, a certified technician fills the prescription. The pharmacist then provides an additional verification by checking the accuracy of the filling process via digital equipment. Pharmacists are able to counsel the patient via iPad and telephone to answer any questions.
Williams said the new telepharmacy provides patients “with a direct line of communication to a pharmacist without having to leave their community.” In addition, the telepharmacy expands the selection of current over-the-counter product offerings.