COLUMBIA — As of last week, MU students, faculty and staff have a new convenience in the MU Student Center: A pharmacy.
What: Mizzou Pharmacy, 1207 MU Student Center, 911 E. Rollins St.
Hours: 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, and noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday. Call: 884-4373 and 884-2846.
Neil Schmidt, system pharmacy manager for MU Health Care, said the pharmacy is a replica of the other eight pharmacies and accepts the same insurance plans as the other locations.
All MU Health Care pharmacies can fill prescriptions for UM System faculty and staff under the myChoice Health Plan — including 90-day quantities — through Express Scripts, Schmidt said.
Eventually, Mizzou Pharmacy will try to tailor its inventory to what students and staff need most.
"Management staff over at the Student Center told us that 17,000 students and staff walk through the facility Tuesday through Thursday," Schmidt said. "We wanted to take pharmacy service to where the majority of our student and staff population are."
Schmidt said even before the pharmacy opened, there was real buzz about the new location with students and faculty asking about its hours and how to transfer prescriptions there.
Rachel Johnson, a sophomore at MU, said she used to pick up her prescriptions from the pharmacy on the first floor of the University Physicians Medical Building. She was able to transfer the prescription to Mizzou Pharmacy on Friday.
“It increases the ease,” Johnson, who lives off campus, said. “I commute from the Hearnes bus right outside (of the Student Center), so this location is a lot more convenient.”
Michelle Froese, spokeswoman for MU Student & Auxiliary Services, emphasized that offering convenient services is one thing Student & Auxiliary Services strives to do.
“It’s helpful to any member of our campus community when you have centralized resources,” Froese said. “To be able to take care of things on campus like dropping off laundry, checking out a laptop and now picking up a prescription, is great.”
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