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Pharmacy Choice - Pharmaceutical News - A one-stop shop? You can now get prescriptions, blood work at 2 local pharmacies [The Morning Call (Allentown, Pa.)] - November 21, 2017

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 4/20/17 - A one-stop shop? You can now get prescriptions, blood work at 2 local pharmacies [The Morning Call (Allentown, Pa.)]

April 20Inside South Mountain Pharmacy, an independent operation in Allentown with just three employees, there's a new offering that you might expect to see in a much larger drugstore chain such as Rite Aid, Walgreens or CVS.

But there, in the little pharmacy off Emmaus Avenue, there's now an in-store patient service center operated by Health Network Laboratories, a Hanover Township, Lehigh County, company that provides advanced laboratory diagnostic testing.

"It's kind of a perfect fit," said Lane Freeman, owner of South Mountain Pharmacy. "It's more of a one-stop shop: You get blood work, blood testing and get prescriptions filled."

Health Network Laboratories on Thursday announced the opening of two in-pharmacy patient service centers the one at South Mountain Pharmacy and another at Hartzell's Pharmacy in Catasauqua. The company said locating the centers inside independently owned pharmacies in the area gives it the opportunity to work with "community businesses who embrace the same patient-first philosophy."

"Working with neighborhood pharmacies allows Health Network Laboratories to partner with local businesses that share a passion for serving the health care needs of their patients," CEO Dr. Peter Fisher said in a statement. "Patients are naturally concerned for their own health, and we strive to make it as easy as possible for everyone to get all their necessary lab testing services in the most convenient and accessible locations."

In health care, more common are the instances of large technology companies partnering with national drug store chains, most recently highlighted last year when Walgreens terminated its partnership with embattled blood-testing firm Theranos.

This story will be updated.


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