ALBION, Ind. (WOWO) – The official ribbon cutting for the new Pill Box Pharmacy took place on Friday, February 22. The Pill Box Pharmacy is the first telepharmacy in Indiana.
Many rural communities in northeast Indiana saw their local pharmacies close in past years. Fischer Pharmacy closed three of their locations in 2016 leaving Albion, Garrett and Avilla with no pharmacy. Now that there is new Indiana legislation and regulations for telepharmacy operations, residents in rural areas are applauding it.
Telepharmacy is defined as the delivery of pharmaceutical care via telecommunications. Patients that don’t have direct contact or access to a pharmacist can get their prescriptions filled remotely.
The Pill Box is an extension of the long-established Warsaw location. Albion’s Pill Box has certified pharmacy technicians who dispense medications under remote supervision of licensed pharmacists in Warsaw via telecommunications. There is a laptop on the counter at the pharmacy in Albion allowing patients to speak with pharmacists with video chat.
The new Pill Box Pharmacy in Albion is located on the city’s north side at 903 Northridge Road. The city of Albion is hoping the successful outcome of the Pill Box Pharmacy will help other communities meet the needs of Hoosiers everywhere.