The North Bend Eagle


 

Ron's enters 40th year with a break

by Mary Le Arneal
Published 1/11/12

Ron Schindler, owner and primary pharmacist at Ron’s Pharmacy, has announced that the Main Street store will be closing for half an hour weekdays starting next Monday, Jan. 16. From 12:30 p.m to 1 p.m.; the store’s doors will be locked.

“It’ll just make it easier for the clerks and pharmacist,” Schindler said.

Schindler said business is slow during that time. Doctors’ offices usually close over the noon hour, making 12:30 to 1 good time to close the pharmacy since no one will be returning from an appointment at that time.

“Things have changed,” Schindler said. “Prescription handling has changed, most come electronically so we seldom get a phone call from nurses.”

Even if he is closed, the fax machine will still be receiving prescriptions and refill requests.

Last year Ron’s Pharmacy started closing at 2 p.m. on Saturdays and have not had any problems with that. The half hour at noon will allow the staff to get a lunch break.

This does not mean Schindler has any plans of closing the store.

“It’s year by year, but I have no plans of retirement. I really enjoy what I’m doing.”

Things have changed a lot in the almost 40 years Schindler has operated Ron’s Pharmacy in North Bend. Pharmacies have had to change to meet federal regulations and Ron’s has kept up with those changes. The thing that is affecting his business the most are the Pharmacy Benefit Managers. These are the people who work between the insurance companies and pharmacies, setting prices and reimbursement rates for the pharmacy, making it difficult for the small, independent pharmacy to make a living.

Yet Schindler wouldn’t want to be anywhere else. He is happy to have been able to serve the residents of North Bend and continue to do so. He’s just taking a half hour break for lunch.

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