Midwestern grocery chain Schnucks has opened its first Infusion Solutions facility at a St. Louis store to treat acute and chronic conditions.
Infusion therapy involves injecting medicine through a needle or catheter, which can take up to eight hours. It is used for conditions such as infectious diseases, nutrition disorders, immune deficiencies, hemophilia, multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, cancer, Crohn’s disease and more.
At the 6,500-square-foot center, nurses, pharmacists and technicians prepare infusions and administer them either in the patients’ homes or in the facility’s ambulatory infusion center. The director of pharmacy services for Maryland Heights-based Schnucks believes infusion therapy is a natural outgrowth of the Schnucks pharmacy division, especially with national health care reform. Health care experts said it’s a smart move.