The shelves in Ford Pharmacy and Medical Supply sat barren Thursday morning with the exception of few random items — a roll of paper towels, some Lysol spray and bottle of Febreze — that were for use instead of for sale. Thor Huntley sat in his office in the now vacant store at 2 Church St. and spoke about the decision to abruptly close the independent pharmacy this week. Huntley, a pharmacist who owned Ford Pharmacy for the last four years, told a story that is becoming more common as independent pharmacies across the state are shuttered due to the rising cost of doing business, business practices mandated by pharmacy benefit managers and low reimbursement rates from insurance companies. Huntley closed the pharmacy on Tuesday and sold the list of customer prescriptions to Rite Aid across the street at 56 Rubber Ave. Ford Pharmacy is the latest local independent pharmacy to close over the past year.
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