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Pictured is the Stoxen Professional Pharmacy staff. From left to right, Christine Kerver, pharmacy technician; Corky Stoxen, former owner of Stoxen Professional Pharmacy; Tabitha Bennish, owner of Stoxen Professional Pharmacy; Sara Brunson, pharmacy technician; and Carol Shattuck, pharmacy technician.
5/18/2017 7:23:00 AM Stoxen Professional Pharmacy continues to grow
Kayla Breese Feature Writer
Stoxen Professional Pharmacy continues to add new services at competitive prices as new owner Tabitha Bennish, settles in.
Bennish, PharmD and owner of Stoxen, is currently working with doctors in the clinic to formally set up the immunization contract, which she hopes to have completed no later than next flu season.
The pharmacy us also working with the St. Mary's Hospital oncology department to make a smoother transition for patients getting their outpatient medication. This would mean the patient wouldn't have to wait as long for their medication after receiving chemotherapy.
Injections are available now and they are working with a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner to have telepsych services available.
Stoxen Professional Pharmacy will also be offering immunizations, specialty compounding, GenoPATH testing and health care coaching, Bennish siad.
The health care coaching program is in its infancy and the staff is working to get it up and running, she added.
Bennish also noted the pharmacy is working on adding a weight loss management program.
"I recently got re-certified in health and nutrition because my undergraduate degree is in that so I feel very passionate about providing those services," Bennish said.
This is a pilot program and they will be using employees and/or family or friends to see how it goes before charging patients.
"If any people were interested in being part of the pilot program I think we'll start that in the next month actually so they can definitely come in," she said.
After six to eight weeks, if the program is a hit they will make it a formal program.
Stoxen Professional Pharmacy also has a drug take back program in partnership with Hometown Pharmacies.
Anyone can bring in their medications as long as they are not controlled substances or liquid. Technically they don't take sharps but the St. Mart's E.R. does so if they are dropped off in the appropriate containers they'll get carried to the appropriate place.
Drug take back is available during office hours Monday through Friday 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
The pharmacy also offers an ongoing two-for-one on Premier Value vitamins and supplements.
"Our Premier Value over the counters are very comparable and even most of the time more affordable than our competitors," Bennish said.
This includes anti-allergy medications and other over-the-counter drugs.
"We've had a lot of patients notice that even their prescription drug prices have gone down with that partnership with Hometown and having our own warehouse," she said.
Stoxen Professional Pharmacy will be offering high-end nutrition supplements as well to set themselves apart from their competitors, Bennish said.
"We have patients' medication lists here we can check for those drug interactions and be able to actually be a place where people can come for their overall health and wellness," she said.
Staff goes above and beyond for their patients and will mail out prescriptions as needed, say a patient is a snowbird, and the patient pays the shipping fee.
If the patient lives in town Bennish prefers to deliver. It is a free delivery for anyone over 65, $3 for everyone else.
The reason it's free for those 65 and older is because it can be hard for them to pick up their prescriptions, use a taxi or bus to pick up their prescriptions and most are on a fixed income.
Scheduled delivery days are Mondays and Wednesdays, typically in the afternoon hours. On an as-needed basis they may perform delivery on other days of the week after 5:30 p.m.
"I think it's a really good way to add that personalized touch and really show that we're there for the patients," she said.
While Stoxen Professional Pharmacy has expanded its services, they still offer cane, crutch and walker rentals; compression stockings, fittings and special orders - which has expanded a little now that they have partnered with Hometown Pharmacies, as the warehouse stocks them so they come in quicker than if they were coming straight from the manufacturer.
Along with this growth, Stoxen Professional Pharmacy has a few new faces behind the counter.
Sara Brunson, pharmacy technician, has recently moved to the area from southern Wisconsin. Christine Kerver, pharmacy technician, is from Rhinelander and many patients recognize her.
Those who have been around the longest are Corky Stoxen, former owner of Stoxen Professional Pharmacy, who is now working part-time; and Carol Shattuck, pharmacy technician, who has lived in Rhinelander for approximately 20 years.
For more information, call (715) 361-4770 or visit www.facebook.com/StoxenHometownProfessionalPharmacy.
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