Opening of a community pharmacy in South Rock Hill

ROCK HILL, SC (QUEEN CITY NEWS) – Residents of the south side of Rock Hill have a new pharmacy in their area.

Ernest Brown, the community medicine foundation’s CEO, said they noticed the need for a stand-alone pharmacy at the height of the pandemic, when their main building was overcrowded.

“Patients coming into the waiting room, we had to social distance, we really couldn’t get a lot of people in. We had to deliver prescriptions to their cars outside. We didn’t have a drive-thru and the waiting room was our regular patient waiting room, but also the pharmacy waiting room,” says Brown.

The pharmacy also has the most affordable prices in York County. Brown says it was designed that way.


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“Because we’re a non-profit organization and we get the drugs at government prices, and we pass the savings on to our patients,” Brown says.

“We had a patient who needed her medication but she lived in York so she said it would be convenient for me to pick up my prescription at Walmart in York but at Walmart in York it would cost $147 and she said said I can’t afford it and I said, well ma’am, let’s try our pharmacy, it’s here and we called her prescription at our pharmacy…$56, that’s all she paid,” Councilor Nikkita Jackson said.

She says it’s part of the Southside redevelopment.

Although the nearest pharmacy is about 3 km away, you will have to cross 4 lanes of traffic to enter.

“People have talked about having a stand-alone pharmacy that they can walk to because most people in this area don’t have transportation. We have the free bus system right outside our door which will make it even more accessible from the south side to be able to come here and get the most affordable prescription right here in York County,” she said.

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