By William Jacko
Special to The Laker/Lutz News
Land O’ Lakes Pharmacy is a neighborhood pharmacy in the Wilderness Lakes plaza on U.S. 41 that offers local delivery, no long lines and a quiet environment for private consultations.
Its pharmacists are your advocate, and gladly call your doctor and health insurance company to gather information about your care.
“We have a lot of people who come in and say they’re so glad we’re local, and take the time to call their doctors and insurance company,” said Pharmacist Carrie Heinz. “They
appreciate our attentive service, especially in navigating the complicated intricacies of the medical and insurance businesses.”
Land O’ Lakes Pharmacy prides itself on taking the time to get information, and resolving a customer’s problem, the same day, or as quickly as possible.
“A lot of people just don’t understand what to ask for when they call the insurance company, so we’ll do that for them,” said Heinz.
Land O’ Lakes Pharmacy works with the same major vendors as larger pharmacies and stocks a full range of major medications, as well as some specialty items. It also performs services like adult immunizations, medication flavoring and some compounding.
“Being small does not mean we can’t get the same things for customers as large chains. Plus, we offer local delivery — something few chains do,” said Heinz.
The pharmacy has recently started carrying CBD oil made from hemp, which is often confused with a similar product made from marijuana. It buys its CBD oil from a company that only sells to pharmacies, which guarantees its quality.
“Because it is made from hemp, we are allowed to sell CBD oil in the store,” said Heinz. “It is used to help relieve pain, and also helps with stress and sleep. It can be a good alternative to using prescriptions or over-the-counter pain relievers.”
Over-the-counter medications stocked at Land O’ lakes Pharmacy include remedies for coughs and cold, stomach issues and allergies. It also carries a full line of vitamins, minerals and supplements, and stocks cold packs, blood pressure monitors, humidifiers, health and beauty aids, and some household products.
Heinz likes her job for the personal connection she makes with her customers, and the communal feeling she receives working at a small, independent pharmacy.
“I feel connected to this store and our customers, who really appreciate that you know them personally and remember something about them. This makes it very comfortable for customers to ask questions,” said Heinz.
Land O’ Lakes Pharmacy accepts most major insurance coverage, including coverage from companies owned by other pharmacies. For more information, call (813) 803-7303, or drop by the store and introduce yourself to a pharmacist who is part of your community.
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