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University of Maryland Eastern Shore and Apple Discount Drugs

ACT Pharmacy Collaborative

Pharmacy Story

Description of Pharmacy

Apple Discount Drugs is a large independent, retail pharmacy located on the rural, Eastern Shore of Maryland. The Apple Discount Drugs organization consists of three retail pharmacy locations and a closed-door home-infusion pharmacy. Apple Discount Drug’s primary facility, located in Fruitland, MD, is not only a retail pharmacy location but also includes within the 20,000 square feet location several specialty pharmacies and services, that include an assisted living pharmacy complete with adherence packaging and medication synchronization services for both assisted living facilities and retail patients, a compounding lab, full-scale durable medication equipment, full-service respiratory services, and COVID vaccinations (4000+ given) and rapid-test diagnostic (2500+ given) services for the community. Apple Discount Drugs serves a Tri-County area of the lower Eastern Shore of Maryland. This area has been traditionally underserved regarding access to healthcare. This area is underserved by both primary and specialty care. The pharmacy services approximately 400 Medicare patients through Diabetes Self-Management Education and Support (DSMES), 500 patients through Medication Therapy Management (MTM), and 2,000 patients through medication synchronization and adherence packaging.

Apple Discount Drugs also plays a tremendous role as an experiential education site for pharmacy students and volunteers. While on site, these individuals spend their time actively taking part in patient interactions. These interactions include immunization administration, point-of-care testing, diabetes education (both individual and class settings), medication therapy management, and medication reconciliations. Apple also has an accredited PGY-1 Community Pharmacy Residency in conjunction with the University of Maryland Eastern Shore School of Pharmacy. The pharmacy resident is involved in the above patient interactions but takes a more leadership and advisory approach. The resident splits their time between the academic responsibilities of the University and the public health outreach efforts of Apple Discount Drugs.

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