Stark and Tuscarawas County Residents Can Skip the ER and Head to their Hometown Pharmacy for In-Store Flu and Strep Testing
CANTON, OHIO—February 20, 2019—As physicians and patients continue to rely on pharmacies as partners in patient healthcare needs, Medicine Center Pharmacy now offers flu and strep testing at each of the company’s four pharmacy locations throughout Stark and Tuscarawas counties.
Pharmacists and certified technicians administer the flu and strep tests, which render results in minutes. If the test is positive, the pharmacist will then contact the patient’s physician to determine the next course of treatment. Collaborative practice agreements will often allow a standard protocol for next steps.
“As pharmacists, we are charged with helping patients maintain control of their health. The point-of-care flu and strep testing is convenient, affordable, and patients can avoid crowded emergency departments where sickness already abounds in the airspace. From taking medication prescribed by their doctors to being proactive and knowing their cholesterol levels, we have expanded our offerings to help patients,” said Brad White, R. Ph.
In addition to the flu and strep point-of-care testing, Medicine Center pharmacies offer monthly health screenings at each location. Patients can choose from A1C or Lipid Profile/Glucose testing for a minimal fee as well as free blood pressure and BMI screenings.
For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 330.454.8772.
The Medicine Center Pharmacy Company has four full-service pharmacies with locations in Canton, Louisville, Minerva and New Philadelphia. Services include free delivery, a free kids’ vitamin program, monthly blood screenings, DNA testing kits, medication compounding, convenient packaging, a loyalty program, diabetic and incontinence supplies, mobility aids, compression hosiery and more.
For more information visit www.medshoprx.com or follow Medicine Center Pharmacy on Facebook and Instagram.
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