NIAGARA FALLS, NY (WKBW) — People on prescription medications are trying to stay healthy amid the pandemic.
Two locally owned, independent pharmacies are working tirelessly to make sure customers get their needed medication.
“We're just trying to do what we can to make sure everyone can be taken care of,” explained Gabrielle Meyer, pharmacy manager.
Community Medical Pharmacy on Michigan Avenue and Wellness Park Pharmacy on Buffalo Avenue in Niagara Falls know their customers are very worried about COVID-19.
Meyer says six days a week, both pharmacies are operating as essential businesses to make sure their customers have access to needed prescriptions medications.
Precautions are in place at both locations to protect you.
“Specifically for hard surfaces, like the signature pad, the door handle on the hour with our Lysoling everything,” Meyer responded.
Diane Bucci of Niagara Falls picked up her needed high blood pressure medication at the Wellness Park Pharmacy.
“Not that high, but it's controlled by this,” Bucci holding her prescription bag.
But for elderly customers or those who can't leave their homes, they will get free delivery. The insurance companies have waived the need for patients to sign for the drugs.
“So that the patient does not have to touch a pen. The patient doesn't have to sign anything and our delivery driver doesn't have to expose the patient either,” Meyer remarked.
The delivery drivers are also taking extra precautions to prevent as much contact as possible.
“We’re trying to have them call when they get to the houses, so that patients can have door open if they're capable, said Meyer.
Both pharmacies are taking that extra step to make sure that customers get the medications they need to stay healthy in this very difficult time.
“We have elderly people and patients who we are trying to take care of, and we have infants and children we are trying to take care of. we have people have chronic illnesses, like diabetes. People who have auto immune disorders, people who have higher risks,” Meyer replied.
The pharmacies are also low on certain supplies.
“Just like everybody else we are suffering too. We have gloves, but we only have enough gloves so we can wear them and it’s important for us to wear them because we need to be healthy and have to take care everybody,” said Meyer.