By: Joshua Danker-Dake | Category: Retail | Issue: September 2010
Pharmacist Adam Lesher of Catoosa Family Pharmacy says there are many benefits to using an independent pharmacy over large retailers.
With the July opening of Catoosa Family Pharmacy, Catoosa once again has an independent pharmacy. “Drew Turner, our owner, who also owns Inola Drug and Elliott Plaza Pharmacy in Pryor, talked to me about putting a pharmacy in Catoosa,” says Adam Lesher, pharmacist at Catoosa Family Pharmacy. “Before we opened, your only options in town were the pharmacies at the big grocery and drug stores. We’re in a great location, and everybody we’ve talked to has been really excited about us being here.”
An independent pharmacy offers a number of advantages over those big retailers, Lesher says. “We can fill your prescription faster than the other guys can, and our prices are better than those at most retail places,” he says. “And what I particularly like about being at an independent pharmacy is that here, we have the extra time to provide the extra service to you, to go that extra mile. We’ll sit and talk with you. I enjoy talking with our customers.
“If you’re taking a lot of different medications, it can get kind of scary. We’ll look at potential interactions, side effects and frequency, help you make sure you’re being consistent with your medication, and see if we can’t find you cheaper alternatives and save you some money. At a bigger store, nine times out of ten you won’t get that kind of interaction.”
In addition to prescription medications, Catoosa Family Pharmacy also offers compounding, and sells a variety of multivitamins, over-the-counter medications, and first aid necessities.
Some people shy away from independent pharmacies because they’re afraid these smaller shops won’t take their insurance. Not to worry, Lesher says. “Through Pharmacy Providers of Oklahoma, we take nearly every insurance.”
Catoosa Family Pharmacy is placing a heavy emphasis on service. “Our goal is to be fast, convenient and friendly,” says Lesher. “If you call us on the phone, you’ll always talk to a person right away – we don’t have an automated system. And whatever you need, we can usually get it to you by the next day, and, if you need, we can bring it to you. We’re also looking at setting up full-time deliveries in the future, which is great for seniors who can’t get out. At the end of the day, we’re just trying to help people out, and that’s the way a pharmacy should be.”
Catoosa Family Pharmacy just opened, but they’re already planning ways to get involved in the community. “That’s something we want,” says Lesher. “We’ve joined the Chamber of Commerce. Down the road, we’re looking to set up monthly health clinics. A blood pressure clinic, for example, where you can come in every month and keep a log of your blood pressure that you can take to your doctor. Diabetes is another one we’re looking at. And the doctors we’ve talked to in the community have been excited to have a pharmacy here that can do these kinds of things.”
Catoosa Family Pharmacy is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.