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Matt Brooks and Derrick Wise feel they have hit on a business that can help fill a need — mail-order maintenance drugs and medical supplies from verified international pharmacies at lower cost than those offered in the U.S.
The two Williston entrepreneurs presented their business, MD-Meds of Williston to the Suwannee Valley Rotary Club on March 8.
"Our main targets are people who don't have insurance or are lower income," Brooks told the Rotarians. He said another target audience are Medicare patients with Part D coverage who have hit the "donut hole" where they must pay out of pocket for $1,710 in medicine, before the government will pick up for prescription costs.
He said savings can range from 30 to 70 percent off the full price of prescriptions. "That's what we're really trying to do is help people stretch that dollar."
Brooks said, "A lot of people are nervous about ordering from overseas." However, he assured the audience that the Canadian pharmacy his company deals with is certified by organizations in Canada and the United States.
MD-Meds operates out of a store in Williston but they do not stock medications, Brooks said. Instead, customers bring in prescriptions for a 90-day supply with three refills for medicine and fill out a patient history form. He said the prescriptions are usually filled with generics rather than name brand drugs if a generic is available. "It's something you have to consult with your doctor on whether to use that or the brand name," he said.
The prescriptions are forwarded to the pharmacy and the drugs arrive via mail in two to five weeks at the patient's home address. Brooks confirmed that the business does not deliver to post boxes.
Brooks said the company does not do narcotics, antibiotics, herbals or supplements, but it does handle some diabetic supplies.
Iit also does not handle insurance. Instead the patients must pay for the medications and file the claim with their insurer. "We don't deal with insurance companies at all," he said.
The storefront operation also does not take cash. Payments can be made by personal check or a credit card.
For more information, call 352-529-0404 or email email@example.com, or visit mdmedswilliston.com.