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GuidePoint Pharmacy to open telepharmacy in Fulda and full-service pharmacy at Murray County Medical Center-Slayton

September 26, 2012

Jason Turner, Pharmacist and managing partner for GuidePoint Pharmacy 
 Fulda Free Press Norma Dittman
Fulda Free Press Norma Dittman
Jason Turner, Pharmacist and managing partner for GuidePoint Pharmacy
By Norma Dittman
Approval was received on Wednesday by Jason Turner, GuidePoint Pharmacy, Worthington, MN, from the Minnesota Board of Pharmacy, to establish a telepharmacy in Fulda.

Turner is a pharmacist and managing partner of GuidePoint Pharmacy. He met with the Minnesota Board of Pharmacy on Wednesday to represent his request for the telepharmacy. Renee’ Logan, CFO of Murray County Medical Center, Darwin Kruse, Fulda Economic Development Authority, and Fulda City Council member Ron Kellen were also present at the meeting. “The fact that those individuals were present drove home the point that this community wants a pharmacy,” Turner stated.

One year ago, Turner was approached by Kruse and Mel Snow, CEO for the Murray County Medical Center, about the possibility of GuidePoint Pharmacy providing pharmacy services for the Fulda area.

Turner had contacted the Minnesota Board of Pharmacy Variance Committee early in August, stating that Fulda is a community where 40 percent of its residents are over the age of 55. (The percentage of residents age 55 and older in other areas throughout Minnesota is 21.65.) Although Murray County Medical Center had established a full five-day clinic in Fulda, the fact remained that patients still had to commute a minimum of 14 miles to have prescriptions filled.

As a part of a viability study for a pharmacy to be established in Fulda, the Fulda Economic Development Authority inserted a questionnaire in the Murray County ADvantage. 152 responses were received and 97% of those who responded were in favor of the pharmacy.

After reviewing the information from Turner, the Minnesota Board of Pharmacy Variance Commmittee had deferred the final decision on the telepharmacy to be heard by the full board, who gave their approval.

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