Standing up to coronavirus.
Supporting your community.
negative impact of the coronavirus has been pervasive on a global scale. It has
threatened the health and financial security of billions of people, created
immense strain across every industry and even forced prolonged physical distance
between us. Yet, despite all these struggles, there have been countless
examples of strength and goodwill that replenish our hope, and one of our brightest
sources of positivity through this healthcare crisis has been independent community
Tens of thousands of independent pharmacists, pharmacy technicians and staff members have been working tirelessly on the front lines to ensure their patients continue getting the care they need, even when things are at their most chaotic. They’ve adapted at lightning speed in the face of a fast-spreading pandemic to serve their communities in new and inventive ways. This is what fearless pharmacy is all about!
Here we’ve compiled some of the inspiring stories we’ve heard from our Good Neighbor Pharmacy members. Read on to see what your peers have done for their community and know how incredibly grateful we are for everything you do for your patients.
If you need information, resources or support regarding the coronavirus, please visit our COVID-19 Pharmacy Resource Center.
Springfield Pharmacy—Springfield, Pennsylvania
West Knox Pharmacy—Corbin, Kentucky
Be proud of being fearless
Your courage, selflessness and hard work through this pandemic deserve to be recognized and celebrated. We designed these Fearless Pharmacy badges to showcase that steadfast support you've been providing to your community all along. Use these on your website and on social media to remind your patients that you're always there for them.
Lily’s Pharmacy—Johns Creek, Georgia
Ehrhardt Pharmacy—Ehrhardt, South Carolina
Glenn's Prescription Center—Salem, Kentucky
Glenn's Apothecary—Marion, Kentucky
Rocky Point Pavilion Pharmacy—Rocky Point, North Carolina
Jefferson Pharmacy—Palmyra, Virginia
Super Health Pharmacy—Staten Island, New York
Brehme Drug—Manchester, Iowa
Larry's Pharmacy—Humboldt, Iowa
East Burke Pharmacy—Hildebran, North Carolina
McDowell's Pharmacy—Scotland Neck, North Carolina
Madison Pharmacy and Homecare—Madison, North Carolina
New York City, New York
90th Street Pharmacy
With the COVID-19 pandemic bringing New York City to a standstill, the toll of the coronavirus has been felt deeply across the Big Apple, especially for pharmacies and other healthcare facilities on the front lines supporting their communities. 90th Street Pharmacy has been a fixture of Manhattan’s Upper East Side for 130 years. Chris Bassolino, the store’s owner for nearly 40 years, has remained dedicated to maintaining the store’s strong legacy, even in unprecedented times.
As soon as there were confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the U.S., Chris moved quickly to ensure his store was ready. Early on, to protect both his staff and his patients, Chris shifted his store to a closed-door operation, meaning they’d have to adapt to serving customers through deliveries and drop-offs only. Working long hours to overcome these new challenges, delivery staff began traversing the Upper East Side and beyond to ensure all patients received their medications, staying true to their tradition of being an old-style pharmacy where service is king—closed door or not.
With potential COVID-19 treatments in high demand, Chris believed it was his duty to support patients with the most critical need. “We need to make sure these therapies are getting to patients that need them and not sitting in someone’s medicine cabinet just in case. We’ve been talking to doctors regularly, educating them on current supply realities and communicating that many potential treatments are still needed by patients with chronic and complex conditions. We need to find a balance. It’s been a team effort, between doctors and pharmacists, to ensure patients are getting what they need during this pandemic.”
Dan's Wellness Pharmacy—Stafford, Virginia
Medical Associates Pharmacy and Clinic Pharmacy—Boone, Iowa
Hemmingsen Drug Store—Marshall, Michigan
Payne Family Pharmacy—Floydada, Texas
Lone Star Pharmacy—Santa Fe, Texas
The Medicine Store—Basehor, Kansas
Kilgore's Medical Pharmacy—Columbia, Missouri
Harry Race Pharmacy—Sitka, Alaska
Belew Drugs—Knoxville, Tennessee
Carroll Pharmacy—Smithfield, North Carolina
Lone Star Pharmacy—Canyon Lake, Texas
Moundsville Pharmacy—Moundsville, West Virginia
Northfield Pharmacy—Northfield, Minnesota
Clark's Pharmacy—Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Staten Island, New York
St. George Pharmacy
For many in the local community, St. George Pharmacy in Staten Island is a symbol of resiliency—a standing reminder that New York can persevere. Located just a few blocks from Staten Island’s Ferry Terminal to Manhattan, the pharmacy had nearly a front-row seat to the atrocities of 9/11. Staten Island alone lost nearly 300 community members that day. Just like on 9/11 and the days that followed, owner Al Gentile kept his store open during Hurricane Sandy, providing first-aid supplies to triage locations and supplying community members with batteries, flashlights and appropriate medication.
In 2018, the pharmacy, which had been in the community for more than 30 years, burned down in a terrible accident. Instead of packing up and retiring, Al built a “pop-up” pharmacy in a trailer to continue servicing his patients until the new pharmacy was built.
Now, faced with the COVID-19 pandemic, Al is taking the same approach. “While we’re taking the proper precautions for our staff and patients, we’re staying open. We want to be available for our patients. We’ve always stayed open despite upheaval, and we think it’s important to show our community that we’re there for them, particularly in times of great need. Staten Islanders who worked on Manhattan are staying on the island, so we’re seeing more patients than ever before. We need to be there for them. I also think it’s an important reminder that we’ll get through this, just like other awful events in the past. And we’ll get through it together.”