Local pharmacies staying busy during COVID-19 crisis


While some business operations have taken an economic hit because of the coronavirus pandemic (especially those who have been ordered to close by the governor), it’s not the case for your local pharmacy.

Gary Bridgman, with the White River Now family of radio stations, visited with Melissa Qualls (pictured) of Sav-On Pharmacy in Batesville about how the pharmacy business is operating through the crisis.

“I don’t think it has been as bad for pharmacies because we are an essential service, people still need their medication, so that’s why we’re still here and still open regular hours,” Qualls told Gary B. “We’re just kind of having to adjust our normal way of doing business.”

Listen to Gary B.’s entire conversation with Qualls below:



The new White River Now mobile app has started featuring regular COVID-19 updates and podcasts. In addition to the updates featured on the White River Now family of radio stations, the COVID-19 podcast section also features new interviews with Stone County Judge Stacey Avey, Batesville Mayor Rick Elumbaugh, Independence County Judge Robert Griffin, state Sen. Stu Smith, and state Sen. James Sturch. Download the free White River Now mobile app today from the Google Play Store or the Apple App Store, and keep up-to-date on all local and state coronavirus information and to listen to the streams of White River Now radio stations.

We also carry live feeds of Gov. Asa Hutchinson’s COVID-19’s briefings on-air at Arkansas 103.3, online at White River Now’s Facebook page, and through the Arkansas 103.3 stream on the White River Now mobile app on Arkansas 103.3.

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