Published on October 29, 2019

Essentia Health expanding pharmacy service to Deer River

Essentia Health is expanding its service to include a pharmacy in Deer River.

“This is a vital element in Essentia’s commitment to improving the health and vitality of our communities. Without a convenient, affordable, patient-driven pharmacy, we wouldn’t truly be able to help improve the health outcomes of our patients,” said Tim Cernohous, Essentia Health’s director of ambulatory care pharmacies.

The transition from Ott Drug, which has been in business for more than 82 years, to Essentia Health Deer River Pharmacy is expected to be complete in mid-December. Longtime local owner Robert Ott is expected to remain as the pharmacist in charge. The building is located at 2 Division Street.

“Essentia is proud to welcome the Ott Drug team, which will ensure that the Deer River community can continue to work with the great people they have come to know and trust,” Cernohous said.

Essentia pharmacies offer coordinated care to customers and have access to patients’ health history through their electronic medical records. Pharmacists can check for updates to prescriptions, look for potential medication interactions and make sure patients are taking the correct dose.

Essentia pharmacies offer:

  • No-appointment immunization service
  • Sync My Meds
  • Prescription and over-the-counter medications
  • Safe medication disposal
  • Medication management
  • Monthly prescription service
  • Online refill requests
  • Flu shot and shingle vaccines
  • Custom medication packaging

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