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Oh, the weather outside is frightful (even in South Carolina)

Posted by Benjamin Coakley on Fri, Feb 28, 2014 @ 10:11 AM


The past three weeks have been a wild ride for the weather here in South Carolina. We havesnow day greenville been in a pattern of really cold temperatures with moisture constantly moving in from the south which creates huge winter storms (we acknowledge this is relative because huge for us is flurries for some). In the south, this makes for an entertaining, and sometimes scary, scenario of people on the roads and in the grocery stores that are not used to this weather.

Now, for some people (especially school aged children) this is a great thing because it allows them to do things they typically do not get to (e.g.: sledding, snow tubing, and getting pulled behind a four wheeler on a snowboard). No, that's not a typo; we actually saw someone on a snowboard behind a fourwheeler. There were even reports of a flat bottomed boat with four or five people in it being pulled behind a truck .

When weather like this happens, we sometimes get caught up in the moment and forget critical services still need to be performed (EMS, fire, police, etc.). One of the most important services is people being able to get their prescriptions. We know for most of the country, pharmacies remain open no matter the outside conditions unless the building physically gets blown over (this happened to a pharmacy owner when a hurricane hit near us a couple of years ago). Not much credit is given to pharmacies and pharmacy employees for braving the elements to make sure patients can get the care they need to live.

All of us at Waypoint want to say thank you to all the pharmacies and pharmacy employees who are willing to make sacrifices (playing in the snow, etc.) and risk their own safety to make sure people continue to have access to a pharmacy when they need it.

We are here to serve pharmacy owners and pharmacy employees. Therefore, please let us know if we can ever do anything for you or your employees. We are glad to help in any way we can.

The Waypoint Team

Topics: community pharmacy owner, community pharmacist, community pharmacy employees