LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
Our pharmacist is someone we rely on
How lucky we are to have a truly people oriented local business leader in Vinny Chiffy. I read the March 23 article, “Monday Morning Conversation….Parkway Drugs adjust to meet needs.” Continuing free delivery of medications, increasing the number of delivery vehicles, offering to package individual doses for patients whose caregivers may not be able to come regularly, and continuing to educate and ease customers concerns bespeaks of the character of Vinny Chiffy.
Pharmacists are often the ones patients turn to for clarification and help in understanding what and how to use medications ordered by their doctor.
Allowing pharmacists to test for COVID-19 (assuming an adequate supply of testing material), other flu-like conditions, and strep throat is an excellent idea to ease the potential crush of patients in various acute care settings. Not only will testing relieve emotional stress for an individual; strategizing tactics for social distancing will help concerns for persons living with others, the elderly, immunocompromised persons or any group living situation.
Dispensing early refills for chronic illnesses and 30 emergency refills without authorization only make good sense and reflects Chiffy’s concern for the well being of the patient.
Lastly, when an effective vaccine becomes widely available it is obvious that pharmacies offer vaccine administration as is being done with the flu and shingles vaccines even now.
Kathy Sinnott, New Hartford