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VA Outpatient Clinic Pharmacy to Close in Panama City Beach

PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. - Many veterans use the VA Outpatient Clinic pharmacy in Panama City Beach to pick up prescriptions, however VA officials said the Panama City Beach, Eglin and Mobile locations will no longer fill prescriptions. 

"We were just shocked," said Ana Phelps.

That was Ana and John Phelp's reaction when John's Nurse Practioner at the VA told them the Panama City Beach VA pharmacy was closing. 

"The VA needs to let the veterans know what's going on and give them options," said Ana. 

News 13 contacted the VA who said the pharmacy will stop filling prescriptions March 1st. Instead patients will have to use a local pharmacy like Publix, for their emergency prescriptions. Their regular maintenance prescriptions will still come in the mail. 

"If I don't have the medication I can't have a good quality of life," said veteran John Phelps. 

VA officials said patients's  Primary Care Physician will provide them with full instructions about filling prescriptions.

The VA also said this allows pharmacists to offer more assistance in the management of chronic conditions, meaning they can see more patients.

According to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs:

Veterans receiving VA care from our Panama City Beach VA clinics:

The Gulf Coast Veterans Health Care System’s Panama City Beach VA clinic pharmacy will continue to process and fill prescriptions until March 1.  Starting on March 1, for all emergent prescriptions (medications veterans need now), veterans will be directed by their VA primary care teams to take those prescriptions to one of the following community pharmacies, under GCVHCS’s first-fill contract.  Maintenance prescriptions will be mailed to the veterans’ home address from VA’s centralized mail out pharmacy:

 

GCVHCS first-fill contract pharmacies in Panama City:

 

Adams

922 Ohio Avenue

Panama City, FL

(850) 265-2442

 

Mullins

830 Ohio Avenue   

Panama City, FL

(850) 265-3344

 

Publix

650 W. 23rd Street

Panama City, FL

(850) 747-9780

 

Smith’s

1108 Harrison Ave.           

Panama City, FL

(850) 785-0286

 

Winn Dixie

2533 Thomas Dr.   

Panama City, FL

(850) 235-3200 


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