POLO – A new telepharmacy will be opening in Polo sometime after the new year.
Polo Pharmacy will be at 111 E. Mason St., in the old Visible Changes building next to Cimino’s Pizza.
Building remodeling is finished, and now owners Kip and Karrie Sabinson, of Warren, are waiting for the state to OK their licensing paperwork, so opening day should be in 3 or 4 months, Jennifer Garman, pharmacy technician at Lanark Pharmacy, said Friday.
Karrie is a pharmacist; she and her husband also own the Lanark telepharmacy at 102 N. Broad St., one in Warren, and are opening another in Elizabeth. The Polo store will be their fourth, Garman said.
The Lanark pharmacy has been filling and delivering prescriptions in Polo since mid-January, when Charley’s Pharmacy & True Value Hardware, 110 E. Mason St., closed after decades in the downtown.
Owner Tom Felker, who also owns the Snyder Pharmacy at 301 N. Galena Ave. in Dixon, also has been filling prescriptions for his Polo customers.
In a telepharmacy, a pharmacist online and off-site inspects and verifies prescriptions, which are dispensed by on-site technicians, like Garman, often the same day.
Customers can order in person or online, then pick up the prescription. They also have the ability to talk with the off-site pharmacist.
Such pharmacies are designed for small, rural communities, to save patients long drives to get medication, or drives made treacherous by bad weather.
Polo Pharmacy will be open from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, and from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday.