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Vitamin Club extended to seniors

Updated: Friday, March 14 2014, 12:47 PM EDT


WEIRTON, W.Va. – The Tri-State Pharmacy in Weirton has had a Children’s Vitamin Club for a little more than a year now. The goal is to give kids a month’s worth of free vitamins.

Organizers have now extended the program to include seniors.

J.J. Bernabei, manager of the pharmacy at the Weirton Medical Center, said the vitamin program is cost-effective and high-quality. The only catch is that you have to walk in into the pharmacy to get them every 30 days. Delivery is not an option and the product cannot be substituted for any other vitamin.

Research led them to decide which vitamin would be the most effective to offer.

“We have this one particular product that we bought in bulk which allows (us to) just give it away to the community and it’s sort of our part to contribute to a healthier community,” Bernabei said.

There are three locations that participate in the program: Tri-State Pharmacy, Follansbee Pharmacy, and in Wintersville at the new Pharmacy Value Leader.

“We have 350 active patients for our Children’s Vitamin Club,” Bernabei said. “These are people that come in every single month and we have a system where we notify them when it’s time for them to come in.”

The new Senior Vitamin Program began in January, and they already have 200 patients between the locations. There are a couple of forms for children and adults that must be filled out to enter the program, which they are entered in the system for record.

“We can remind you electronically through your cell cellphone or through email or your landlord, so hopefully that will help people remember to take it,” Bernabei said.

They are looking to have a couple different choices for children, one chewable and one gummy vitamin. These vitamins are not high potency, just a regular daily diet supplement for the vast majority of patients to take.

“Unless your doctor is saying don’t take a multivitamin, this is going to be safe for you to take,” Bernabei said.


Vitamin Club extended to seniors

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