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Seguin Gazette: SCRIPTS ON THE GO: New business has prescription for local residents

Valerie Bustamante
Merlin Tchawa Yimga is stepping into the community and hopes to offer a new service from his downtown storefront — Seguin Pharmacy.
The new spot, 211 E. Court St. turned on its “open” sign this week to signify its official opening to the community.

Owned and operated by Tchawa Yimga, who worked as a pharmacist for several years at the Seguin CVS and other locations in San Antonio — Seguin Pharmacy fills prescriptions, has medical supplies and equipment, diabetes consulting, immunizations, as well as over-the-counter medications and products.

“We have almost everything here. We have wheelchairs, walkers, commodes, crutches, canes, nebulizers, blood pressure and diabetes testing supplies,” he said. “We have drug testing supplies. We have a lot of things that people can get. If we don’t carry something we can order it for them for the next day.”
However, the new drugstore’s specialty is free home delivery, which is a need that prompted Tchawa Yimga to open the shop, he said.
“When I worked in Seguin as a pharmacist for CVS most of the time people would call the pharmacy and want us to deliver the prescription,” he said. “We wouldn’t deliver because the pharmacy wasn’t setup for delivery. When I looked around I also didn’t see any other pharmacies delivering to people at home. I think that was a big issue.”

Seguin Pharmacy was established to fill that gap, Tchawa Yimga said. With the majority of the pharmacies near North State Highway 123 Bypass, Tchawa Yimga said it was important he opened his storefront for the residents closer to the downtown district.

“People in this area don’t have anything to serve them. If they have to go to another place and they don’t have transportation it will be hard for them to go to that area,” he said. “They can easily walk in or stay home and wait for their prescription.”

Seguin’s continued growth also piqued his interest, Tchawa Yimga said. “When you look at New Braunfels, they have about 54,000 people and there are more than 20 pharmacies. In Seguin, we have almost 30,000 people and, before we established, there were only five retail pharmacies serving allover Seguin,” he said. “When you go to CVS, Walgreens and H-E-B you see long lines of people waiting for their prescriptions. It’s really sad if somebody has to wait for about 30 minutes in line to an hour before getting their prescription.”

Additionally, Seguin Pharmacy is a part of the Health Mart —a network of more than 4,000 locally owned pharmacies around the United States.
“It was a good thing to join Health Mart because it’s a well-recognized brand. Not only us, but the patients would benefit from a lot of things from Health Mart,” Tchawa Yimga said. “We carry tremendous products from Health Mart. Those products are very competitive as compared to other products you see on the market.”

Furthermore, Tchawa Yimga said in the future they plan to offer pharmacy compounding, which is where medications are designed to be a specific strength and dosage for an individual patient. “I already have a couple of doctors talking about compounding. I think in the end we’re going to move in that direction to fill that gap because we don’t want people from Seguin to continue going to New Braunfels, San Antonio or San Marcos to get the compounding. We want to make sure people have everything they need here.”

Seguin Pharmacy is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday and closed Sunday.
For more information, visit www.stores.healthmart.com/seguinpharmacy or call 830-433-4820.

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