Bucks County home-delivery pharmacy service believed to be first to cater to the blind
The service features braille labels that patients can feel.
By TaRhonda Thomas
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Local pharmacy believed to be first to cater to the blind
FAIRLESS HILLS, Pennsylvania (WPVI) — When Alex Cohen’s vision started to go dark from a degenerative retinal disease, he started to see a new purpose.
“We asked pharmacists, ‘Hey, what do you do for blind patients here?'” the West Chester University marketing professor said of his research of pharmacy services for the blind.
He found that, oftentimes, they didn’t have a set plan for helping blind customers.
“The blind and low vision community should have a place where they’re expected as customers and patients,” said Cohen, who holds a Ph.D. “We just decided to make our own marketplace.”
That determination motivated him to create Accessible Pharmacy Services for the Blind, which started last year at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“It added an incredible layer of challenge and also anxiety,” said pharmacist Dr. Jason Barrett of the challenge that the pandemic has posed to the visually impaired and blind community.
Cohen partnered with [...]