Health center benefits from new pharmacy

WINTERSVILLE – The new Value Leader Pharmacy donated $500 to the Jefferson County Fourth Street Health Center and has agreed to provide medications to the clinic at a reduced price.

Pharmacist Curt Virtue said the pharmacy’s umbrella company, the Tri-State Medical Group, has worked with the clinic in the past.

“We have a very good and very positive relationship. We provide the clinic with the medications they need for their patients at a reduced cost. The clinic is then able to provide the needed medications to eligible patients. We believe in what the health center is doing in Jefferson County. Dr. (Frank) Petrola is an excellent doctor and medical director and we are pleased to be working with the folks at the health center,” said Virtue.

Jefferson County Fourth Street Health Center Executive Director Ann Quillen said she was very pleased by the donation and working relationship.

“The reduced cost of medications is very important for us because we serve the uninsured residents of Jefferson County. They often can’t afford necessary medications. We try to help our patients in any way we can, but we also face budget constraints. This working partnership allows us to obtain medications at a reduced cost and in turn assist our patients with their needs,” stated Quillen.

Virtue said the Value Leader Pharmacy is associated with Follansbee Pharmacy and the Tri-State Medical Group.

“We cover a whole gamut of needs, including diabetic supplies, flu vaccines, blood pressure medication and asthma medication as well as injectibles,” said Virtue.

Virtue said the Value Leader Pharmacy has been open for approximately three weeks.

“I have been a pharmacist for the past 25 years and a partner with the Tri-State Medical Group for the past nine years. I am very pleased to be part of the Value Leader family. We have been part of the community for more than 15 years and we want to continue our tradition of community involvement,” Virtue declared.

Virtue said the pharmacy will hold an official grand opening in the near future.

“But we are open to the public and welcome new customers. We are very proud to provide flavored medications for children. We also have a nurse on duty at the pharmacy to provide the extra service for our customers,” explained Virtue.