Service delivers meds to your door

SATURDAY, OCT. 18, 2008

Taking your medicine just got easier.

Taking it – meaning receiving it, that is – thanks to a local businessman who recently began a prescription delivery service aimed at helping those who can’t get to their local pharmacy. As business owner Jim Gibson has discovered, his service also caters to those who simply need the convenience of delivery to their workplace or home. Pick-up and delivery by RX On The Go! is a phone call away.

“I’m really excited to offer this service,” said Gibson, who started RX On The Go! in May. “It’s especially helpful for the immobile and seniors. But it’s really snowballed. It’s other situations and circumstances.”

Gibson said he’s realized his service helps parents who are home with an ill child, day surgery or urgent care patients, and those too under the weather to drive. He even offers pick-up and delivery of prescription pet medicines.

Gibson charges $9.95 plus tax for pick-up and delivery of doctor pre-ordered prescription medicines from local pharmacies. Orders must also be pre-paid, as Gibson does not handle any customer cash and does not even know information about the drugs he’s handling.

He’s been able to offer same-day delivery, and often within four hours of requests, within his 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. work hours. His scheduling could change depending on weather conditions and delivery schedule.

Upon delivery, Gibson requires picture identification, signature and payment of his fee.

He came up with the idea for RX On The Go! after routinely forgetting to stop by the pharmacy for his own family’s needs. He recently sold another Spokane business, Custom Auto Details, and had been contemplating other options. He seems to have stumbled onto a one-of-a-kind service for the area.

He’s put 6,000 miles on his delivery vehicle in about six months. He travels throughout the Spokane area, Deer Park and Cheney in a hybrid white car that carries his business logo on the sides. He says he will travel to more rural areas and adjust his prices depending on distance.

Prior to starting, Gibson checked state and local regulations for any requirements for picking up someone else’s medicines. He is insured as well as licensed and bonded. He is authorized to pick up medicines in any pharmacy, and he notes he’s received kudos from several pharmacists for his business plan. Some area grocers with pharmacies even advertise his service.

Are you opening a new business in the Spokane Valley? Is your business expanding, moving or remodeling? Are you wondering about that new store that has opened in your neighborhood? Send an e-mail to Juli Wasson at juliwasson@gmail.com or contact us by fax at 927-2175 or by writing to Business Notebook, Valley Voice, 13208 E. Sprague Ave., Spokane Valley, WA 99216.


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