The pharmacy inside of the Student Health Services building at ISU has expanded to provide more space for over-the-counter medications.
Patrick Moraleda, registered pharmacist at the Student Health Service Pharmacy, said that they noticed students wanted to buy medications from the pharmacy, so they broadened their inventory to do just that.
The pharmacy offers a wide variety of medications, first aid, feminine hygiene, oral care, skin care, vitamins, contraceptives and more. For example, the pharmacy sells Pepto-Bismol, Advil, Crest Whitestrips, ChapStick and Band-Aids.
Moraleda said the staff tries to think of what students need and will buy when thinking about what to supply at the pharmacy.
Pharmacists and staff try to provide what students want and need by reaching out to them.
“We don’t want to bombard them with questions, but we do try to ask students what they want once in awhile,” Moraleda said.
They also send surveys to students, faculty and staff, asking what kinds of products they would like the pharmacy to offer, he added.
“Some of the most popular over-the-counter medications tend to be the allergy medications, such as Claritin and Zyrtec,” Moraleda said.
“When flu season comes around, DayQuil and NyQuil, or their generic versions, tend to become the most popular,” he added.
The pharmacy carries both the generic and brand name versions of most over-the-counter medications.
“The generic version is cheaper, but some students still prefer the name brand, since they are used to it,” Moraleda said.
As compared to regular stores like Walgreens or CVS Pharmacy, prices at ISU’s pharmacy tend to be cheaper.
“We have very competitive prices,” Moraleda said.
In addition, before the expansion of the pharmacy, they only used to carry items that were “in-season,” he said.
For example, they used to only carry sun block and poison ivy treatments in the summer, he explained.
Moraleda said that they carry these products during all seasons now because some students travel and need items available all year.
The pharmacy also carries travel sizes, which become very popular just before students leave for spring break.
With the new Affordable Care Act, there are also changes in student insurance this year.
“Our plan has been pretty compliant with the Affordable Care Act all along,” said Jason Hartzler, Medical Insurance Manager at ISU.
But starting this fall, there is a new prescription benefit for students with an insurance plan.
“If we are the only insurance that the student has, we cover 80 percent of the cost of the prescription,” Hartzler explained.
And if a student has both ISU insurance and family insurance, the costs are paid in full between the two, he added.
If the family insurance is through the state, like Medicaid for example, ISU pays the majority of the bill. On the other hand, if the insurance is a commercial company, like BlueCross BlueShield, that insurance company pays the majority and ISU pays the rest, Hartzler said.
ISU’s student insurance has a $50 deductible per year.