- Associated Press - Thursday, September 24, 2015

MOUNT MORRIS, Ill. (AP) - An Iowa-based telepharmacy company is opening a location in the northern Illinois village of Mount Morris and is in talks with other communities in the state.

Privately owned TelePharm of Iowa City has an off-site pharmacist inspect and verify prescriptions, which on-site technicians dispense. Customers order in person or online and then pick up prescriptions. Customers also can speak with the off-site pharmacists. It already has an Illinois location in Lanark in Carroll County, which opened July 31.

The Mount Morris location will be downtown and officials say they hope it will open in six to nine months. The community hasn’t had a pharmacy since Felker Pharmacy closed several years ago.

The company is talking with municipal officials in other communities that may have a “pharmacy desert,” Sauk Valley newspapers reported (https://bit.ly/1G4C4hV ).

TelePharm representative Greg Janes said the company is talking with officials in Ashton in Lee county and Erie in Whiteside County and also has commitments from Sheffield in Bureau County, Cambridge in Henry County and Waterman in DeKalb County.

The company said its locations also plan to add medication therapy management, immunization clinics and health education sessions.

Economic Development Committee member Rob Urish told the village board Tuesday that Mount Morrison investors will fund $50,000 of the project and TelePharm has committed between $200,000 and $250,000.

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Information from: Dixon Telegraph, https://www.saukvalley.com

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