Word travels fast in a small town that has only one place to fill a prescription – and that one independent pharmacy decides to close its doors. And that’s exactly what happened in Snoqualmie today, July 9, 2013.
It is official. Monday, July 22, 2013 marks the last day of business for small Village Pharma, ,located inside the Snoqualmie Ridge IGA. For the first time in at least 15 years, Snoqualmie residents will not be able to fill a prescription within the city limits. Come July 23rd, the closest pharmacy options will be 5-7 miles away in North Bend at the QFC, Safeway or the new Bartell Drugs opening this fall.
Employees of the Snoqualmie Ridge IGA said that its owners aren’t happy about the closure, commenting that the pharmacy brings additional business to the small grocery store. The closure wasn’t an IGA decision, as they merely lease Village Pharmacy its retail space.
Village Pharmacy is owned by the Falls Compounding Pharmacy in historic Snoqualmie, which is not closing and will continue with its compounding business, but it does not fill prescriptions.
According to one Village Pharmacy pharmacist, employees were notified of the impending closure on Friday, July 5, 2013. When asked, “Why?” the employee shrugged her shoulders and commented that although they are busy, due to the way insurance companies now reimburse, the pharmacy is losing money on a lot of prescriptions which makes it hard to afford the retail space.
That same employee said that a notification mailer should be sent to customers.