Telepharmacy key to new Victor drug store
Corner Drug owners Sally and Aaron Myler broke ground for Victor Drug and Victor Clinic last fall and now the large building with its brick façade, tall windows and ornate light fixtures is ready for action.
Pharmacists Sally Myler and Nick Beebe will be able to serve both the Victor Drug and Corner Drug in Driggs because, Myler explained, the state has loosened the geographical restrictions on pharmacies. She can now employ certified pharmacy technicians in Victor and when a patient picks up a prescription, Myler or Beebe will give him or her a private video consultation via a telepharmacy program on an iPad. The pharmacy has a drive-thru, which is also equipped with an iPad for counseling.
“It’ll be staffed by experienced people that can take the reins in filling prescriptions, and Driggs will oversee the audio and visual interface,” she explained.
Myler said she has never worked in telepharmacy before but she has seen it in action elsewhere and is confident that it will work in this community. She said there will be a bit more of a wait for customers, but hopes that’s outweighed by the convenience for patients and parents who no longer have to drive to Driggs for medications.
“That convenience does mean that prescriptions filled on site will be slower than a traditional pharmacy, until we get up to speed,” she said.
Teton Valley Health is leasing space in the building for a new and improved Victor Clinic with ample parking, a comfortable reception area, spacious exam rooms and a procedure room for minor surgical services.
“When the owners of Victor Drug asked our hospital administration if we were interested in sharing their new space in Victor, we said yes pretty quickly. Our current location wasn’t originally built to be a health clinic which created some logistical problems, and we knew we’d need to expand in the near future.” Ann Loyola, Director of Marketing for Teton Valley Health.
Pediatricians Dr. James Little and Dr. Travis Riddell will continue to offer pediatric clinics Tuesdays and Thursdays in the new location, and family practice providers will be available for appointments or walk-ins during regular business hours. Victor Clinic is open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and the pharmacy is open 9:30 to 5:30.
There are also three apartments upstairs with tenants already lined up. The vacant lot adjacent to the clinic, which the Mylers also own, has the potential to be developed as more retail and apartment space in the future.
Myler credited GPC Architects and Wilkinson-Montesano Builders with smooth and timely construction progress. Now all that’s left to do before the grand opening is stocking the shelves. Myler said she chose inventory carefully to offer goods not available elsewhere in Victor, goods that “it would be annoying to drive to Driggs for.”
“People are so excited to have these services in Victor, and we’re excited to be a part of Victor,” Myler said.