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Busy Time For Many Local Pharmacies

January 7, 2014, 7:17 AM by Brittany Larson

Busy Time For Many Local Pharmacies

If you need to take a trip to the pharmacy, you might want to plan ahead.

"They have been very busy and I just sit and wait because I know I need to take the medicine," customer Kimberly Nesheim said.

Stopping by the pharmacy is part of Nesheim's weekly routine.

"They know me by name. That's what's nice about it too, when I come in everybody says hi and they know me. I come here a lot. I come here probably once a week. I take a lot of medication. I'm a diabetic," Nesheim said.

But this is the time of year many people are getting sick and are turning to medications for some relief.

"We are seeing a lot of people coming in and even this weekend we were really busy. I know that a lot of the acute care centers have seen up to 80 people over the weekend and a lot of that trickles into the pharmacy, so we stay relatively busy with that," Hy-Vee Pharmacist Jeff Meyer said.

Meyer adds that they typically fill around 500 prescriptions per day and around 2,500 prescriptions per week.

"As soon as people start getting off work around four to five (o'clock) and around the 6 o'clock mark, that's when we definitely start seeing a rush. Not so much in the back of the pharmacy where we are getting prescriptions ready or running prescriptions through our system, but that's when our registers are the busiest and people coming up and needing items in the over the counter section," Meyer said.

Many people are coming in for antibiotics and Tamiflu. They sometimes need two are three prescriptions for just one ailment.

"We do our best. We don't want you to wait. We want you to be happy. We want you to get in and out. Every pharmacy is doing their best," Meyer said. 

While Nesheim was able to avoid the lines for now, she'll find a way to occupy her time if that's not always the case.

"If I have to wait, I just sit down and read my book until I get my medication," Nesheim said.

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