Thursday, February 2, 2012
Ole Miss student learns about RxSync at Tyson’s
By BARRY BURLESON
Bob Lomenick speaks once a year to pharmacy students at Ole Miss. A talk on Tyson’s RxSync home delivery program grabbed the attention of LaDonna Franklin.
“I was in the class on Friday, about 4 p.m., and I’m that student who always asks questions,” she said. “My classmates were all getting mad – ready to leave for the weekend.
“I had never heard of RxSync. I knew I had to get this rotation and see how he is doing this.”
Franklin, from Centreville in south Mississippi, is working for a few weeks at Tyson Drug Co. on the square in downtown Holly Springs. It is the sixth of her eight on-the-job rotations before graduation in May. She earned a degree in biochemistry and psychology before entering pharmacy school.
“Of all the pharmacies, I’ve not seen anything like this (RxSync),” she said. “It’s a cool system.”
Once a month, a patient’s entire medication for the month is delivered to the door – in a packet and already sorted.
“It’s the most convenient thing I’ve seen,” Franklin said. “Plus, it frees up the front counter (in the store) for walk-in customers.”
Lomenick said Tyson’s likes to do things “outside the box.”
“We like to blend the traditional with the non-traditional way of delivering medicine,” he said. “It works well. We’re not your normal pharmacy.”
Lomenick said he enjoys talking to the college students annually about home-owned, home-operated pharmacies.
“I try to direct the students to independent pharmacies,” he said. “I talk about the rewards and the tribulations of owning your own pharmacy.”
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