Focusing on one rural Alabama pharmacy, here’s a story that shows the important role independent pharmacies have played in fighting the pandemic. From the article: “Pharmacists are a key part of the health care system. Patients depend on them to manage prescriptions and offer advice about over-the-counter treatment. Sometimes they also assist nearby nursing homes and with medication management, (University of Iowa professor Karen) Mueller said. (Pharmacy owner Monica) Payne said patients trust her expertise, which makes it easier to address questions about COVID-19 vaccinations. ‘If we sit down and look at their background and say this is what the studies show, they will take our recommendation,’ Payne said.” Read the full story here.