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Telepharmacies could bring pharmacies back to small towns

Albion hasn't had a pharmacy for several years.

Posted: Feb 26, 2019 9:44 PM
Updated: Feb 26, 2019 10:26 PM

ALBION, Ind. (WFFT) - Pill Box opened Indiana's first telepharmacy in Albion this month.

Albion hasn't had a pharmacy for several years.

"We believe bringing pharmacists closer to the patients will make people healthier," said Greg Winn, Pill Box owner.

Telepharmacies operate simular to regular ones, only people interact with the pharmacists on a tablet instead of in person.

"It's just another lever we pull to try to reduce costs to enable to exist in these small towns," Winn said.

Telepharmacies have to be at least 10 miles from a traditional pharmacy and within 50 miles of the pharmacy it is affiliated with.

"It's access to care improves health. The more we can make clinical professionals easily accessible to people in Indiana, people in Indiana people in Indiana will be healthier," said Winn.

Winn said the telepharmacy model could become more common in indiana.

"I think this is a great way we can enable pharmacies and make them viable again in a small town," he said.

There are two other telepharmacies in the process of opening up in Indiana

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