BARBOURVILLE, Ky. (AP) – A southeastern Kentucky pharmacy is among the first in the state to begin treating people for ailments like strep throat and the flu.
WKYT-TV reports a 2016 state law allows the West Knox Pharmacy in Barbourville to offer the service. The law allows pharmacies that meet stringent requirements to work with a prescribing physician to test for and treat certain illnesses.
Doctor of Pharmacy Jennifer Baker of the West Knox Pharmacy says workers there took the training and are among the first in the state to offer the services. Baker says patients who come in get fully assessed and tested before any medication is prescribed. No appointment is needed.
State officials say they hope to see more pharmacies offer such services to help reduce urgent care and emergency room visits.