AnMed to close two outpatient pharmacies, transfer inventory to CVS

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Anderson-based AnMed Health plans to close two outpatient pharmacies and transfer its prescription drug inventory to CVS Pharmacy, effective April 11.

“Over the last couple of decades, we have found it increasingly difficult to compete with the buying power of large national chains in the retail pharmacy business,” said Garrick Chidester, AnMed Health executive vice president, in a news release. “The time has come for us to refocus our resources on key strategic priorities while aligning with community partners to ensure the continued good health of those we serve.”

The AnMed Health pharmacy at 700 East Greenville St. will close, but its storefront will remain open for the sale of respiratory and durable medical equipment, such as oxygen, CPAP and BiPAP equipment, walkers, wheelchairs, and orthotics. The Oglesby Center pharmacy at the AnMed Health North Campus will close. The 10 employees who lose their jobs will be invited to apply for other positions at AnMed, according to spokesperson Lizz Walker.

Patients with prescriptions on file at either pharmacy shouldn’t experience any disruption in service as patient records will be transferred to the CVS Pharmacy at 1405 E. Greenville St. in Anderson, according to a news release.

“With multiple locations across our service area, extended hours, and drive-thru service, CVS Pharmacy will offer our patients the convenience they want and deserve,” Chidester said. “We are committed to making a smooth and seamless transition for those who have entrusted us with their prescription drug needs.”

Respiratory therapists will continue to offer onsite training for patients and families on the use of CPAP and BiPAP equipment. The mail-order program for CPAP supplies will also continue, according to a news release.

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