Gowanda hears of pharmacy programs

GOWANDA – Resi-dents in Gowanda can look to Rite Aid for community well being. Wellness Ambassador Tara Gillis approached the Gowanda Village Board to let the board and the community know what the pharmacy can do for them.

“What we do is help customers find what they’re looking for. We’re targeting customer service,” Gillis said. “Today I’m representing Rite Aid and tell our customers ways we can help them.”

She spoke of auto refill programs, immunizations and drive-thru available at the store. The pharmacy is also looking into the option of delivery for prescriptions. With auto refill, customers will receive an email or text message alerting them their order is ready.

“When you come into our store and you’re getting our scripts, instead of waiting and wondering when your scripts are coming in, we can get you set up so that we automatically refill your prescription,” Gillis said. “We do fax the doctor when your prescription isn’t going through. It’s less of a hassle for the patient.”

The pharmacy also is able to give the flu, pneumonia and shingles vaccines. The shingles vaccine requires a prescription from a doctor. The flu shot and pneumonia shots can be given every day. For pneumonia and shingles vaccines, it is asked to call ahead for an appointment.

The pharmacy also offers support daily online and through phone calls. They also offer RX savings programs for prescription alternatives for lowering insurance copays. The next event for Rite Aid will be held on Friday from noon to 4 p.m. at the Gowanda store, 81 W. Main St. Topics will include osteoporosis, allergies, men’s health and infertility.

“By doing so, we’re reaching out to the community in many different ways in our events, things they may be dealing with to help them understand what they have to go through and that we’re here for them,” Gillis said.

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