Emory Is Starting Its Own Pharmacy

Look out Emory Village CVS.  From an Emory press release…(h/t to WCDarling)

Emory patients, visitors, faculty and staff will soon have access to a new outpatient pharmacy that is currently being constructed in The Emory Clinic – providing a new level of customer service and quicker access to prescription and over-the-counter medications.

Construction on the new facility began in January on the retail outpatient pharmacy called “The Pharmacy at Emory.” The full-service pharmacy will provide access to all the prescription drugs patients would find at a local pharmacy, some over the counter drugs as well as some more difficult to receive medications that are often needed by some patients, according to Amir Emamifar, Pharm D, MBA, administrative director of pharmaceutical services for Emory Hospitals, The Emory Clinic and the Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University.

“This new level of service will allow us to better serve our patients, their family members and our faculty, staff and students here at Emory,” says Emamifar. “It is an exciting opportunity to continue to deliver on our promise of outstanding customer service and patient and family-centered care, while also extending a service so many of our thousands of employees need at any point throughout the year.

“In addition, we have found that there are some patients who have difficulty locating some hard to stock prescription medications – particularly those receiving treatment for certain types of cancer and our transplant patients,” says Emamifar. “This new facility will help reduce the time, effort and inconvenience for these patients, allowing them more time to concentrate on healing and recovery.”

The pharmacy will be located on the second floor of The Emory Clinic Building A – near the skywalk to Emory University Hospital, providing easy walking distance access to most individuals on the health campus.

According to Emamifar, Emory Healthcare will solely own the outpatient pharmacy, and will partner with AmerisourceBergen Corporation on the day-to-day operations of the facility.

The Pharmacy at Emory is slated to open in mid-March, and plans are underway to incorporate an Emory employee prescription plan into the employee benefits package in near future.

8 thoughts on “Emory Is Starting Its Own Pharmacy”


  1. Can’t tell if The Pharmacy is only for Emory patients, students, and employees or everyone. If it’s not open to all, then Emory CVS will still have business. Many folks live near Emory but still use other hospitals and clinics, e.g. Piedmont Hospital or Children’s Medical Group.

    1. yeah, since it says “visitors” also, then probably open to anyone. but since I heard about this a few days ago, I’ve been confused myself about that point.

      the other thing which concerns me a little (as Emory employee) is
      “plans are underway to incorporate an Emory employee prescription plan into the employee benefits package in near future.”
      will they make it cost-prohibitive to get your prescriptions elsewhere if you have Emory insurance? Like maybe more a Kaiser model, where you have to go to their pharmacy rather than any pharmacy? hmm…

  2. “Emory patients, visitors, faculty and staff will soon have access to a new outpatient pharmacy that is currently being constructed in The Emory Clinic”

    Indeed, but they’ll still probably take a hit.

    1. You have to pay to park at the Emory Clinic. I don’t think many people will use the pharmacy who aren’t already in the vicinity for some other reason (work, doctor’s appt, etc.)

  3. I am going to threadjack for a moment and ask if anyone, when buying behind-the-counter decongestant, has experienced the Decatur CVS system saying they’re already over the allowable limit?

    For some reason, periodically when I try to buy Claritin, it comes up that way, even if I haven’t been there in weeks. I’d like to think I’m not the only person in town that CVS has arbitrarily flagged as a helacious meth-head.

    1. Scott’s got a meth lab? Can I get you to meet me over on the corner of Ponce and Church a little later?

      (Daren endeavors to propagate a spurious rumor or two just for the hell of it.)

      1. I said meth-head, not meth lab. Fer gawd’s sake, I have scruples you know.

        Don’t treat me like a dealer!

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