MPhA Executive Director Sarah Derr and Past President Randy Seifert commented on the planned closure of 30 HealthPartners pharmacies in a report that aired on Minnesota Public Radioon Nov. 8. Sarah and Randy also spoke to the future of pharmacy, and how the role of pharmacists is likely to change.
HealthPartners plans to close its retail pharmacies by early 2020, meaning the loss of about 300 jobs — including about 100 pharmacists. HealthPartners said the closure includes 30 retail pharmacies located within HealthPartners, Park Nicollet, Central Minnesota and Stillwater Medical Group clinics, as well as the organization’s owned mail-order pharmacy operations.
HealthPartners' retail clinic pharmacy locations are scheduled to close April 1, with Park Nicollet, Central Minnesota, and Stillwater Medical Group retail clinic pharmacies to close on Jan. 20.
HealthPartners said it will continue to operate its specialty, infusion and hospital pharmacies, as well as its health plan pharmacy management and medication therapy management services. Read the full article.