If you get your prescriptions at a Yakima Bi-Mart Store you'll soon have to stop at a Walgreens. The Bi-Mart executive team and Walgreens have announced they have entered into a agreement in which Walgreens will acquire Bi-Mart’s pharmacy business, which includes pharmacy patient prescription files and related pharmacy inventory of 56 Bi-Mart pharmacies located across Oregon, Idaho and Washington.

BI-MART STORES WILL REMAIN OPEN IN THE STATE

Some may think this is the first sign that Bi-Mart stores will be closing in the future like many other stores in the state. But officials say that's not true and there's nothing in the agreement that shuts down any stores. A press release says "Bi-Mart’s retail stores will remain open to serve its members across the Pacific Northwest. Bi-Mart officials say prescription files from most Bi-Mart pharmacies will transfer to nearby Walgreens pharmacy locations. The transfers begin this month and will be completed by January of 2022.

YOU COULD ASK FOR AN RX TRANSFER TODAY

You don't have to wait for the transfer. All you have to do is call or visit the new pharmacy to request an Rx transfer. Then it's easy. You give the new pharmacy the names of all the medications you want to transfer, along with dosage and Rx numbers and you don't have to wait for the transfer.
However if you'd like to wait patients whose prescriptions are being transferred will be notified by mail, and both companies say they'll work together to help ensure a smooth transition for pharmacy patients. A press release says once patient prescriptions are transferred from Bi-Mart to Walgreens, patients will have access to Walgreens pharmacy services across a network of more than 9,000 pharmacies nationwide.

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