Birmingham area pharmacies continue deliveries and curbside pickup in midst of COVID-19 crisis

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Homewood Pharmacy in the Edgewood Neighborhood. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now

In the midst of the coronavirus outbreak, many of us who depend on prescription drugs have been concerned about the availability of medicines and services.

As reported by Bham Now,the Alabama Board of Pharmacy, authorized pharmacists to process emergency prescription refills for a 30-day supply of maintenance medications. The order began March 14 and will terminate on March 31, 2020.

Walgreens on Clairmont Avenue. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now

Here is the memo, which was obtained on the Alabama Pharmacy Association Facebook page:

What are Birmingham’s national pharmacies doing about deliveries and curbside pickup?

Pharmacies such as Walgreens, CVS and Walmart have issued national initiatives and programs.

Here are links to their policies and what they offer including several delivery options:

Walgreens COVID-19  

CVS Pharmacy COVID-19

We encourage folks to also call their local store, and see if they offer services such as delivery. We encourage folks to also call their local pharmacies to find out if delivery services are available.

Local Pharmacies Step Up

On Monday, March 16, 2020, Bham Now called many of the Birmingham area’s local independent pharmacies about services they are maintaining and making available during the coronavirus crisis.

We reached nine out of the 12 pharmacies featured in our 2018 guide.

Here was their response (note all deliveries have service area limitations):

Blair Pharmacy: Delivery and curbside pickup
Cahaba Pharmacy: Delivery and curbside pickup

“We have increased our delivery service to three times a day.” — Jim Parekh, Pharmacist, Cahaba Pharmacy

Ankit “AJ” Patel of Eastwood Pharmacy said he prefers delivery and curbside because it helps the virus away from his staff.

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Ankit “AJ” Patel, owner of Eastwood Pharmacy. photo via Kristina O’Quinn for Bham Now

“The staff works in close quarters, so we don’t want to get everyone sick. Then we’ll have a huge problem, because we won’t have enough staff to keep the store open. So it all works both ways.”

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Obviously, there are many reasons people choose a specific pharmacy—location, relationship with insurers and customer service. Locally, it’s great to see these companies, big and small, stepping up to enhance their service during this crisis.

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Pat Byington
Longtime conservationist. Former Executive Director at the Alabama Environmental Council and Wild South. Publisher of the Bama Environmental News for more than 18 years. Career highlights include playing an active role in the creation of Alabama's Forever Wild program, Little River Canyon National Preserve, Dugger Mountain Wilderness, preservation of special places throughout the East through the Wilderness Society and the strengthening (making more stringent) the state of Alabama's cancer risk and mercury standards.
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