Ashok Pinnamaraju leverages his 11 years of experience as a pharmacist to run Williamson Road Pharmacy in Roanoke, Virginia. Holding a master’s degree in computer science and a PhD in pharmacy, Ashok Pinnamaraju works to integrate patient care and technology in customer service.
When searching for a pharmacy, start with determining your needs. All pharmacies may seem the same, but they vary significantly in terms of the services they offer. Due to this variation, knowing what services you need narrows down your options.
Also, consider whether you want to visit a chain or independent pharmacy. Chain pharmacies may offer more services than independent pharmacies, but chains struggle with getting prescriptions filled on time. In a recent survey of pharmacy chain shoppers, 21 percent experienced long waits at the service counter. This is five times higher than the number of shoppers who had similar experiences at independent stores.
As you search, consider whether the pharmacy has an automated prescription system. These systems streamline prescription refills, achieve greater accuracy, and may even send prescriptions directly to your home. If you need multiple medications, automated prescription systems make it easier for you to stay on top of your medication regimen.