LUSK – Three area pharmacies are taking a page from the drive-in diners of the past and offering curbside service for prescriptions and more.
Rawhide Drug in Lusk, along with Register Cliff Pharmacy in Guernsey and Vandel Drug in Torrington, closed to all walk-in traffic last week in an effort to protect both staff and customers during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Instead, customers have been asked to call or text pharmacy managers at the three businesses, then pick up their items from their vehicles.
Pharmacy staff directly assisting customers at curbside are wearing protective masks and disposable gloves. Payment is being coordinated over the phone to eliminate contact and exposure.
“We have a new normal and we’re doing everything we can to keep people healthy,” said Vicki Einhellig, registered pharmacist and one of the principals in RxPlus Tri-State Pharmacies, parent company of the three.
“Limiting exposure right now is crucial so our teams can continue providing medications to the Wyoming communities they serve,” Einhellig said.
The pharmacies made the transition to curbside service last week, according to a press release from the company. In addition to prescriptions, pharmacy staff will deliver over-the-counter needs, gifts and more, the release said.
“It’s just one more practice we can implement in our goal to become contact free,” said Jamie Hale, PharmD and manager at Rawhide Drug. “If an employee exhibits any symptoms of illness, they will be staying home.”
Traditional home-delivery services are still being offered and customers may request refills via the pharmacy website, www.rawhidedrug.com.
As of Friday, pharmacy hours remained the same, the release said.