Point Pleasant, W.Va. – (September 24, 2019) – It’s a sad day for Fruth Pharmacy. The family-owned company of 31 locations, has made the decision to close the pharmacy inside of their Nelsonville, Ohio location.
“With the extremely low managed Medicaid reimbursement in the state of Ohio, Fruth Pharmacy can no longer continue to operate our Nelsonville location as a pharmacy,” Lynne Fruth, President of Fruth Pharmacy began, “We look forward to continuing to serve our retail customers with the same great service. We will continue to have Western Union, EBT, gift selections, and more,” Fruth concluded.
On Tuesday, September 24th at noon, Fruth Pharmacy of Nelsonville transferred prescription files to Kroger of Nelsonville, Ohio. Patients can contact the Kroger pharmacy at 740-753-1984 for assistance with their prescriptions.
Fruth Pharmacy of Nelsonville will become Fruth General Store and will continue to operate as a retail merchandise store. The store will sell over-the-counter medications and products, health and beauty items, grocery, gift items and baskets, and electronics.
Fruth General Store of Nelsonville will have new hours. The new hours will be Monday through Saturday, 10 am – 6 pm. Delivery services will no longer be available at this location.
All Ohio pharmacies have been suffering and many have placed blamed on low reimbursements for managed Medicaid prescriptions. In the past 3 years, over 100 pharmacies in Ohio have closed.
“These pharmacies, and Fruth pharmacies, have served the Medicaid population and provided the extra care that our Medicaid population needs,” Fruth informed an Ohio legislative committee earlier this year. “As a result of the lower reimbursements, Fruth Pharmacy and the other pharmacies are being paid the least to care for patients who often require the most.”
Earlier this year, many community pharmacies spoke to The Ohio Department of Medicaid and addressed their concerns that the current reimbursements under the program were insufficient to continue in business.
Numerous rural areas in Ohio are serviced by local or family-owned pharmacies. In some areas, due to pharmacy closures, patients are having to drive a considerable distance to fill their prescription medications.
If you would like to contact The Ohio Department of Medicaid and express your concerns, please write or speak to your local representative or reach out to The Ohio Department of Medicaid at 1-800-324-8680 or visit their website at Medicaid.ohio.gov/contact.
Fruth Pharmacy is a family-owned pharmacy with locations in West Virginia, Ohio, and Kentucky.