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The knock on retail clinics like those found in retail chains and big-box stores is that they offer a limited menu of services, administered most often by nonphysicians. One pharmacy is bucking that trend by bringing a physician into the fold to create a hybrid community drugstore/ urgent care center that provides a higher level of care in a proper exam room. Sona Pharmacy + Clinic in Asheville, NC bills itself as “a different kind of medical care provider” and launched in the spring specifically to draw in patients who flock to the area to take advantage of hiking and other outdoor pursuits.

Bucking a Trend, Pharmacy Will Offer Urgent Care, Not Retail-Level Services