Waldoboro pharmacy closing means residents must drive 20 minutes for prescriptions

Posted Nov. 09, 2012, at 10:32 a.m.

WALDOBORO, Maine — Waldoboro’s only pharmacy is closing and residents say it’s a major inconvenience.

The independent Waltz Pharmacy announced it will close later this month, meaning residents of the town of 5,000 will have to drive about 20 minutes to have prescriptions filled in Rockland or Damariscotta. That’s not easy for low-income and elderly patients.

Waltz dispenses about 1,000 prescriptions per week.

Owner Dean Jacobs tells WCSH-TV there are a couple reasons he’s closing. He says Medicaid and private insurance companies have been cutting the amount they pay for prescriptions, affecting the pharmacy’s bottom line. He’d also like to focus full-time attention on the company’s growing long-term care pharmacy business in Brunswick.

Town Planning and Development Director Bill Najpauer says he is trying to recruit another pharmacy to fill the space.

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