With chain pharmacies on almost every corner, it can be easy to overlook your local independent pharmacy. Just don’t be so quick to do so! There are many reasons to use and love the independent pharmacy in your area.
The May 2016 Consumer Reports Pharmacy Buying Guide found that independent pharmacies exhibit the following strengths: faster service, fewer errors, more helpful and courteous, and more likely to have your medications ready when promised.
Your local independent pharmacy knows you’re more than a prescription number. They know you by name, and you know them. How many other healthcare providers are that personable?
Local independent pharmacies have shorter wait times and a team dedicated to make sure you get the right medication and fully understand how to use it – every single time.
The pharmacy, pharmacists, and team are your neighbors. They share the same values and understand the vibrant culture unique to your community.
Enhanced Pharmacy Experience
Local independent pharmacies have services that chains simply do not. Your local pharmacy likely offers free home delivery, prescription compounding, medical equipment, preventive care like immunizations, medication therapy management, medication synchronization and most importantly, personalized care for you and your loved ones.
Local independent pharmacies often offer ongoing training and education for your specific needs. Your local pharmacy likely offers classes on how to use your medication, manage your diseases, and how to properly use your medical equipment.
Local Independent pharmacies maintain a personal relationship with you, so your health and wellbeing will always be their highest priority. They also have those same relationships with local physicians, community leaders, and local service providers.
Each dollar you spend in a local independent pharmacy strengthens your community. Shopping at independent businesses returns 3 times more money to the local economy than a dollar spent at a chain.
Remember, even the smallest difference can make the biggest impact in your pharmacy experience. Take the first step to improve your health and stop by your local independent pharmacy to spot these differences.