UC Santa Barbara students can now easily access their medications at the newly relocated student pharmacy. The grand opening of the pharmacy celebrated the move to a more accessible location, providing increased flexibility in meeting students’ needs. The executive director of Student Health Services, Dr. Vejas Skripkus, explained that the move was made to make it easier for students to reach the pharmacy.
Although the pharmacy remains within the Student Health Services building at El Colegio and Ocean roads, it now has its own dedicated entrance and room on the Isla Vista-facing side of the building. This relocation eliminates the need for students to navigate through the administrative office area, streamlining the process of collecting their prescriptions. The separate entrance also prevents any confusion among staff regarding patients with medical appointments versus those only picking up medications.
Dr. Randy Lina, the pharmacy director, emphasized that pharmacy patients can now conveniently access services without any additional hassle. Whether it’s obtaining emergency contraception, seeking professional advice, or discussing medications, the pharmacy aims to be readily accessible and convenient for students. Consultations with pharmacists can be conducted in person, over the phone, or via secure messaging through the patient portal.
The new space not only provides a dedicated area for pharmacy-related activities and consultations but also ensures easier access to over-the-counter medications and wellness products. These items are offered at a lower cost compared to other local pharmacies and drugstores, benefiting not only students but also faculty and staff. On average, the pharmacy serves more than 150 students daily, showcasing its importance in catering to the healthcare needs of the university community.
Dr. Skripkus expressed enthusiasm about the expanded services the new space will allow. While currently only accepting the UC SHIP student health insurance, Student Health Services plans to broaden its coverage and accept other insurance plans in the future, including those for faculty and staff.
Frequently Asked Questions
1. Where is the newly relocated student pharmacy?
The student pharmacy is still located at the Student Health Services building at the corner of El Colegio and Ocean roads, but now has its own dedicated entrance and room on the Isla Vista-facing side of the building.
2. How can students access pharmacists for consultations?
Students can consult with pharmacists in person, over the phone, or through secure messaging via the patient portal.
3. Are medications and wellness products available at a lower cost?
Yes, the pharmacy offers over-the-counter medications and wellness products at a lower cost compared to other local pharmacies and drugstores.
4. Will the pharmacy accept insurance plans other than UC SHIP in the future?
Yes, Student Health Services plans to expand its ability to accept other insurance plans, including those for faculty and staff, in the future.