Posted September 21, 2018 08:00:33In a move that will likely put more than 1,500 patients at risk, a pharmacy chain has sent its mail order drug delivery pharmacy to a local hospital, which will take care of patients who need it.
K-Mart said it notified the Wal-Mart Supercenter in Springfield, Illinois, that its pharmacy would be leaving the store at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, but that it did not expect to be able to deliver the medication to the pharmacy.
The pharmacy is not required to be open until 11:30 a.m., the chain said in a statement.
The hospital will be able provide medication and care until it is safe to do so.
The chain’s decision to send its pharmacy to Wal-mart comes as the chain is facing criticism for what some customers have described as a lack of transparency and patient care.
In August, a federal judge ordered Wal-Marts nationwide to provide more detailed information on drug dispensing practices and drug availability.
In the meantime, K-Mart is still under investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice.KMV-TV reported that the chain was notified by the hospital that it would be unable to deliver medication to its pharmacy, which is located at 495 South Clark Avenue in Springfield.
The company did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
“The K-mart pharmacy is a unique asset to the Springfield community.
It serves as a trusted, convenient, and convenient location for our community of residents, visitors, and associates,” the company said in the statement.
“We have been committed to providing our employees with the highest level of patient care, and we are continuing to provide that level of service.”
K-mart, which operates in 38 states, announced last week that it was adding 300 jobs to help address the rising costs of its pharmacy operations.