Tecumseh Medical Clinic, at 418 E. Walnut in Tecumseh, shuttered its doors this week — leaving many customers scratching their heads with no explanation or warning.
Tecumseh Medical Clinic pharmacy, at 418 E. Walnut in Tecumseh, shuttered its doors this week — leaving many customers scratching their heads with no explanation or warning.
The only clues of a change — besides locked entry — are a Walgreens poster on the front door and a Walgreens voicemail answering service linked to the pharmacy's listed number.
Both Walgreens notifications are funneling the Tecumseh pharmacy's previous customers into its fold.
Walgreen Co. Communications Manager Allison Mack confirmed Thursday that her company is welcoming the displaced patients and offering services.
“We recently purchased pharmacy prescription files from (the) Tecumseh Pharmacy,” she said. “Patients' files were transferred to the nearby Walgreens store at 1427 N. Harrison in Shawnee.”
Mack did not disclose any information about the abrupt closing.
On Tuesday, local resident Carrie Bourlon said she was shocked to see a number of signs around the N. Harrison Walgreen's site that were welcoming the customers from the Tecumseh Medical Clinic pharmacy.
“(The Tecumseh pharmacy) is the pharmacy I have used for close to 20 years,” she said. “I was just in (the Tecumseh pharmacy) last Tuesday or Wednesday and visited with the staff.”
She said she asked the Walgreen's pharmacist what was going on.
“He said he just understood that the pharmacy closed as of Monday and he was surprised also,” she said. Bourlon said she then checked with the office next door to the Tecumseh pharmacy on her way home — and they were also surprised.
“I was just blown away,” she said.
She was perplexed by the lack of notice to its customers so they might be given a chance to change to another pharmacy.
On Tuesday evening the Tecumseh pharmacy's phone line offered no explanation or message — just continuous ringing. But, by Wednesday, calls to the number were being picked up directly by the Shawnee Walgreen's voicemail system.
According to the National Provider Identifier (NPI) website, at npino.com, Richard Fisher has been the owner and chief pharmacist at the Tecumseh Medical Clinic pharmacy for the past 23 years — since July 1996.
So far, attempts to make contact with Fisher have been unsuccessful.
Tecumseh Medical Clinic — housed in the same building — is not associated with and has not been affected in any way by the pharmacy's closing. It remains open for business.