Mobile VA clinic pharmacy set to transition July 20 - Gulf Coast Veterans Health Care System
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Gulf Coast Veterans Health Care System

 

Mobile VA clinic pharmacy set to transition July 20

July 3, 2018

MOBILE, Ala. – Officials at the Department of Veterans Affairs Gulf Coast Veterans Health Care System announced today that pharmacy operations at the Mobile VA community based outpatient clinic would transition to an emergent and mail-based prescription system July 20.

“The Mobile CBOC pharmacy is transitioning to a first-fill contract for emergent prescriptions,” said Bryan Matthews, GCVHCS director. “This means Veterans can use non-VA pharmacies in the community for emergent prescriptions. Maintenance prescriptions will be sent to Veterans’ homes from our centralized mail out pharmacy.”

This change will streamline the pharmacy dispensing process to increase patient access to primary care services and no distributive services will remain at the clinic.

“There is no action Veterans need to take,” Matthews said. “Their primary care physician will provide full instructions on how to fill prescriptions. Many Veterans using the CBOC pharmacies are already using, or are familiar with the process.”

If a Veteran needs a prescription immediately, they will be able to use the first-fill contract pharmacies in the community. The first-fill contract allows Veterans to use a network of retail pharmacies in the community for initial prescriptions that are determined by clinical staff to be emergent (i.e. – antibiotics).

The 13 retail pharmacies contracted by VA that will serve Veterans in Mobile are as follows, which are less than five miles from either the current Mobile VA Clinic on Springhill Ave., or the new VA clinic being built near Tillmans Corner:

1. WALGREENS   1731 SPRING HILL AVE 
 2. WALGREENS   1320 GOVERNMENT ST  
 3. RITE AID/WALGREENS  150 S ANN ST   
 4. WINN-DIXIE PHARMACY   1550 GOVERNMENT ST 
 5. RITE AID  2011 SPRINGHILL AVE  
 6. CVS  900 GOVERNMENT ST
 7. WALGREENS  2050 GOVERNMENT ST
 8. RX EXPRESS PHARMACY 5638 THREE NOTCH RD
 9. THREE NOTCH PHARMACY 4880 LAKELAND DR STE F
 10. WALGREENS #06085   5530 THREE NOTCH RD
11. RITE AID #7190     5440 HIGHWAY 90 W STE A
12. WINN-DIXIE PHARMACY 5440 US HWY 90 WEST
13. WAL-MART    RANGELINE SERVICE RD S

All other medications will be mailed from Biloxi or from the VA centralized mail out pharmacy, which is the current process.

“This is an existing program that is being expanded,” Matthews said. “Veterans are being made aware through GCVHCS Veteran town halls, GCVHCS social media, local media, and their Patient Aligned Care Team.”

A pharmacist will always be available at the clinic; however, this transformation allows our pharmacists to be able to offer more assistance in the management of chronic conditions such as diabetes, hypertension, and dyslipidemia, resulting in an increased number of daily appointments.

“We believe this transformation will allow us to provide a much higher level of service for our Veterans,” Matthews said.