Pharmacies in KY allowed to see flu and strep throat patients

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KNOX COUNTY, Ky. (WTVQ) — Pharmacists at the West Knox Pharmacy are doing a little more for their customers this flu season.

They can now test you to find out if you have the flu or strep throat.

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Skipping the wait at the doctors office, forgetting that ridiculous co-pay, all sounds too good to be true, right?

West Knox Pharmacy in Corbin is able to do all this because of a December 2016 law allowing pharmacists to work with physicians to test and treat certain sicknesses.

“We’re getting the word out that we’re more than just filling your medicine,” says pharmacist Sam Moore. “We wanna take care of ya.”

After gaining approval from a physician, the pharmacists had to undergo a 20-hour training.

“It was a long process but we felt like it was worth getting to try and help our patient base,” says Moore.

Though the pharmacy kicked this off Monday, Wednesday was the pharmacy’s first day actually seeing patients.

It says the feedback has been nothing but positive.

“I was in and out real quick,” says Charles, one of the pharmacy’s first patients. “They took care of me as soon as i got in and in just a few minutes they did the test on me.”

Not to mention it’s one of the first pharmacies able to do this in the state.

“While we understand that we may be one of the first pharmacies or the first pharmacy in Kentucky to do this, that’s not the goal,” says Moore. “The goal is to make sure our patients in this area have increased access to good quality healthcare, that’s all we want to do here.”

The pharmacy says it’s hope is that other pharmacies will now start picking up this effort.

It says a pharmacy from out of town had already called Wednesday morning asking how it is it made this happen.

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