Oklahoma pharmacist offers advice for the community

Oklahoma pharmacist offers advice for the community

BROKEN ARROW, Okla. — A local pharmacist says he’s been busier than ever through COVID19, and has advice for the community.

Todd Pendergraft with BA Family Drug says they have shifted their locations to be delivery, drive-through, or curbside only. Their business has expanded as more people are choosing drug delivery.

Pendergraft wants to reassure people that no matter what kind of restrictions are put in place for communities, grocery and pharmacies will remain open. There is no need to panic and rush your medication orders.

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To make your experience at the pharmacy easier for yourself and your pharmacist, Pendergraft recommends signing up for text or email alerts from your pharmacy to let you know when your prescription is ready. Do not go to the pharmacy until you get an alert. If your pharmacy is capable of doing so, add your payment information into their encrypted computer system, so you don’t have to touch a pen, receipt, or exchange anything except your medication.

He says their shelves have remained stocked, and are not experiencing any shortages with any medications, except hydrochloroquine.

Hydrochloroquine is an anti-malarial drug mainly used to help autoimmune patients with lupus or rheumatoid arthritis

Last week, the federal government announced testing being done to use this drug as preventative against COVID19. Because of this, some doctors across the country began ordering the medication for themselves or their staff, leading to a shortage in the drug.

Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt signed an order last week limiting the prescription of that drug to help preserve its supply.

Pendergraft says they are experiencing a nation-wide shortage of hydrochloroquine, and once they are out, they aren’t sure when more will be available.

If you are prescribed this drug, Pendergraft recommends contacting your doctor now about alternative medications you can be prescribed should the medication run out.