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Kaiser pharmacy to close Wednesday

By Norwalk Reflector staff • Updated Jan 10, 2020 at 8:52 AM

Fisher-Titus has announced plans to close its retail pharmacy, Kaiser Community Pharmacy, located at 251 Benedict Avenue in Norwalk. The last day of business operations will be Wednesday.

“It is with a heavy heart we announce today our decision to close Kaiser Community Pharmacy,” said Brent Burkey, president and CEO of Fisher-Titus. “On behalf of our staff, leadership and board of directors, it has been an honor to support Kaiser Community Pharmacy in serving our community pharmacy needs for the for the last three years.”

Citing the current competitive landscape and changing regulations as key drivers of this decision, Burkey stated that the last 18 months have been challenging to remain a successful business operation.

“Despite tapping into the resources of the Fisher-Titus health system to support Kaiser Community Pharmacy these last few years, it is no longer possible to continue operating as an independent pharmacy,” Burkey said. “With pharmacy operations integrated within larger area retailers, continuously changing governmental regulations, and increases in drug pricing, it’s difficult to remain competitive.”

Retail pharmacy prescriptions will no longer be filled at Kaiser Community Pharmacy after Wednesday. To ensure continuous pharmacy coverage for those with active prescriptions, Fisher-Titus has partnered with Walgreens. Patients of Kaiser Community Pharmacy will have their prescriptions securely transferred to Walgreens in Norwalk. Patients do not need to take any action; the transfer will occur automatically.

“We are extremely proud of the Kaiser legacy and the ability to serve the community for as long as we have,” Burkey said. “While this decision was not an easy one to make, Fisher-Titus remains committed to serving our community’s medical needs with a range of health care options. From primary care and convenient care to specialties like pediatrics, urology, heart and vascular and more, we will continue to listen to the community to provide the right health care, right here in Huron County.”

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