By Hannah Caver, Sponsored Content
TRUSSVILLE — The need to go beyond the dispensing aspect of pharmacy and turn to more one-on-one interactions between pharmacists and patients is precisely what Carroll Pharmacy is implementing with PharmD Wellness in their stores in Trussville and Clay.
The initial impact of the COVID-19 pandemic was an eye-opening experience for independent pharmacies.
“We recognized there was a need in the community for additional services that we knew we could provide to our patients, and over the last year-and-a-half, we have been incorporating expanded clinical services into our traditional pharmacy,” said owner Greg Carroll. Carroll also added, “PharmD Wellness has always had that goal in mind, and during the quarantine, we were able to implement those ideas.”
PharmD Wellness is Car roll Pharmacy’s clinical division that expands on their mission to provide healthy solutions while caring to love and loving to care. Since its beginning, PharmD Wellness has given thousands of COVID-19 vaccines as well as many other vaccines such as Shingrix, TDaP, Influenza, and B-12. They also provide clinical testing which includes Covid-19 antigen and antibody, strep, and flu testing. They are also able to perform Annual Wellness Screenings for patients with select insurance plans. Compounding is another specialty service that caters to the needs of individual patients, including but not limited to bioidentical hormone replacement, specialized pediatric dosing, and products not available from a manufacturer.
“Over the last year-and-a-half, we have been incorporating expanded clinical services into our traditional pharmacy,” said owner Greg Carroll. “With the addition of the Rapid Pak medication management system, our patients are more compliant with their medication therapy, therefore, helping to keep them out of the hospital and improving quality of life.”
Carroll mentioned once the shock of the pandemic wore off, he was able to look to the future, even when it was difficult to see past the pandemic. The world was evolving, which meant Carroll Pharmacy needed to evolve, too. PharmD Wellness meant there was a solution, and with the staff’s clinical knowledge, they could help the physicians and patients.
“Our combined staff has over 85 years of clinical pharmacist experience. We are using that clinical knowledge for better outcomes for our
patients by collaborating with physicians, other members of the healthcare team, and the patient.”
Maegan Reynolds, PharmD Clinical Co-Coordinator, expressed how the pandemic has increased the need for patients to be seen in a clinical setting. This revealed the increasing need for the pharmacy’s clinical services to be available to the community. This is why they created PharmD Wellness. Reynolds says that pharmacists are, for a lot of people, the most accessible part of the health care team.
“The goal of the clinical team at Carroll Pharmacy is to provide individualized comprehensive pharmacy care that combines our traditional pharmacy services with our expanded clinical services,” Reynolds added.
“We saw an opportunity to use our clinical knowledge and skillset to really serve the community through expanding our clinical services,” said Raegan Fain, Pharm D Clinical Co-Coordinator, who graduated from McWhorter School of Pharmacy in April and began working full-time at Carroll Pharmacy. Fain is a crucial part of PharmD Wellness, expanding clinical services to the community.
The PharmD Wellness team resonates the “caring to love and loving to care” atmosphere with Greg Carroll, Pharmacist, and Compounding Specialist; Deana Carroll, Clinical Pharmacist; Natalie Jackson, PharmD, Clinical Pharmacist; Maegan Carroll Reynolds, PharmD Clinical Coordinator; and Rae gan Gibson Fain, PharmD Clinical Coordinator. Each member of the team works diligently to take care of the individual patient and provide a much-needed positive outcome.
Carroll Pharmacy is an independently owned, family-run business providing the best care and attention to all who enter their doors. The pharmacy was established in 1995 in Clay, Alabama. They expanded to Trussville, Alabama in 2010. Greg Carroll, his wife, Deana, their son, Geoff Carroll, and daughter, Maegan Carroll Reynolds, along with an amazing staff, work together to provide healthy solutions in a caring environment. They have dedicated themselves to provide the best care in Trussville and Clay. They take the time to get to know you, so they can provide the best care catered to your individual needs.
Carroll Pharmacy has locations in Trussville and Clay and serves many communities around those locations. For further information on PharmD Wellness or other services, contact Maegan Carroll Reynolds or Raegan Gibson Fain at (205) 655-3455 or Carrollpharmacyclinic@gmail.com.