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Medicine Shoppe Prescriptions
updated: Dec 09, 2013, 3:31 PM

By Edhat Subscriber

The Medicine Shoppe, long a fixture at State & Micheltorena Streets, permanently closed on Saturday. Prescriptions have been transferred to the CVS at 222 W. Carrillo Street. The question remains, why weren't they transferred to the Medicine Shoppe at 3605 State Street? I'm also curious why no notice was given to the Medicine Shoppe customers. Calls to the 1435 State location are being transferred directly to the CVS on Carrillo.

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 COMMENT 475666P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-12-09 04:22 PM

I would guess that it is independently owned and that as part of their going out of business they sold the rights to their client base to CVS.


 COMMENT 475669 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-12-09 04:26 PM

That's what happened to Shepard's Place Pharmacy in Carp, they sold the business and client list to Alberson's Sav-On pharmacy.


 COMMENT 475681 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-12-09 04:50 PM

Most insurance companies have special meds pricing deals with these larger chains that fit the pocket book of the plan holders.

YOu can alwasy transfer to your favorite and maybe get a transfer prize!!


 COMMENT 475701 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-12-09 05:38 PM

When Scolari's closed, we (I used to work at a large multi-specialty clinic in SB) automatically transferred Rx's to the Rite-Aid on Milpas, simply because it was the closest and still in that neighborhood. You do not have to continue to fill scripts there, you can have them transfer the scripts anywhere in town. Have a great night!


 COMMENT 475738P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-12-09 09:14 PM

Out of curiosity, what does a client list, say for a privately held pharmacy, sell for these days?

I've seen this happen at least four times over the past six to seven years in the S.Y. Valley, Lompoc & Santa Maria.


 COMMENT 475745P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-12-09 09:57 PM

It's really a shame that this shop closed. I rarely need prescription medicines (for which I am immensely thankful), but I liked going to that Medicine Shoppe. There was never a long line, and the pharmacists were always knowledgeable and kind and helpful. Plus, I could walk there easily.

CVS pharmacy is a great place to catch the latest bug, I think. The pharmacy lines always seem filled, particularly at this time of the year, with many cold and flu sufferers. And the pharmacists are usually too busy to be of much help, if you have any questions about your meds. Oh well.


 REXOFSB agree helpful negative off topic

2013-12-09 10:12 PM

OP here. I've been very happy with the State & Micheltorena location of the Medicine Shoppe, and I wouldn't go to CVS even if their prescriptions were free, having had terrible experiences there ever since it changed over from Longs. However, there was major confusion when I called the northside Medicine Shoppe as to whether it is a "preferred provider" for my insurance company, as the other one was. It seems that the two Medicine Shoppes are completely separate entities. They THINK it's a preferred provider, but aren't exactly sure. I've tentatively transferred my prescriptions there, so I guess we'll see.


 LEAHKING agree helpful negative off topic

2013-12-10 07:04 AM

rex, once the upper state street medicine shoppe gets your prescriptions sorted out i believe you will be very happy with that pharmacy. i know the owners and they are great folks. very customer service oriented and personable. plus they are right across the street from vices and spices, which is always a fun place to stop in before or after picking up your meds. in fact, i usually park in their lot and walk over to the pharmacy, that parking lot near jeanine's is a bit of a cramped nightmare. i agree, very sad about the micheltorena st store going out of business so suddenly. i used to work in that area years ago and frequented the shop there.


 COMMENT 475788 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-12-10 08:29 AM

Greetings from the Uptown Medicine Shoppe @ 3605 State Street! It is unfortunate that the other Medicine Shoppe closed their doors permanently yesterday. We wish Sanjiv the best....We are separate owners & we are NOT closed. Yes, he did sell his patient files to CVS. I am sure it is going to be quite chaotic for their patients, as well as for CVS staff. I don't want to bad mouth CVS ( enough has been said already...) , but if you were a customer of the downtown Medicine Shoppe, we would be happy to transfer your prescriptions from CVS to us. All you have to do is call us @ 687-1376 & we will make the transfer seamless for you.We take mostly all insurance & Medicare & MediCal. We are family owned & operated, our staff & pharmacists are friendly & knowledgable. We have a lab where we can compound your RX's as well. CVS does not have a lab. We also deliver & mail - CVS does not. Thanks!


 FLICKA agree helpful negative off topic

2013-12-10 08:31 AM

Ralphs on Carrillo has a good pharmacy. I pick up my aunt's meds there, never a line. Sam Bright, the pharmacy manager, is a really good person and all there are helpful.


 COMMENT 475853 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-12-10 10:37 AM

Its sad to read about a pharmacy closing. you create a bond with your pharmacist, who really cares. This is a most honored profession and caring profession.
The pharmacist would go to your wedding, births, and funerals. He grows up with you family. Sorry to hear about this store closing.


 COMMENT 475866 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-12-10 11:03 AM

I agree that the Carrillo CVS pharmacy had the absolute worst customer service of any pharmacy in SB. They routinely berate customers, especially ones that don't speak English well, and they violate customer confidentiality in the process.

However, this CVS is the closest pharmacy to the one on Micheltorena, so perhaps that is why the prescriptions were sent there.


 EARO65 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-12-10 11:04 AM

We had a terrible experience with CVS: wrong medications, given another person's order, billed incorrectly. I do pay a bit more to go to Federal Drug, but feel the people there care. They answer questions correctly. I will always go to a locally owned pharmacy. We are on medicare, and it would be almost free to obtain our medication at Walgreens or CVS, but the worry is not worth it.


 COMMENT 475887P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-12-10 11:54 AM

I didn't realize The Medicine Shoppes had different owners. I agree that the Medicine Shoppe by Jeannine's is the best! Great service! I picked up prescriptions a couple of times for a friend who has hers filled at CVS and the line was so long one time that I had to return later. Being as busy as they are, it's not really possible to have service that feels hurried and disinterested.

I cast my Rx bux with The Medicine Shoppes!


 COMMENT 476072P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-12-10 09:40 PM

Medicine Shoppe Uptown is the best, but I don't want y'all there! Kidding -- a little. DON'T GO while Jeanine's is open if you can avoid it! But they deserve the kudos and business.
I've gotten about the best customer service there that I've gotten anywhere in over 50 years in SB. Thank you all! (Josh, Tory, Pharmacist (sorry, is it Karen?), owner David, but mostly STAFF.) They're great with special orders too.

I looked briefly for info on those sales lists -- big time data mining. Recently read articles about those discount Rx cards -- They DO sell the lists. Oh well... It's the current way of our world.
You can google "are prescription discount cards legitimate"
I use one as I'm uninsured. I'll have to again compare prices, but why bother? "They" now know what I use.

A couple of examples:



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