Pharmacy brings delivery service to Cleburne County
November 1, 2017
By Bill Wilson
The Cleburne News


Frank Tant saw a need and he delivered. Tant is the owner of Cleburne Pharmacy, a business that now offers free delivery of medication to Cleburne County residents.

Tant has offered the delivery service for two months and says business is picking up.

Tant initially pitched the idea of the delivery service to hospice and home health groups to get it moving.

“We have a few patients that have picked up on it as well,” Tant said.

Tant said a lot of customers have told him that they have no transportation — especially in the rural parts of the county.

“There’s customers who tell us that they sometimes pay someone 15, 20 dollars to bring them into town and so we hopefully can alleviate some of that,” Tant said.

Tant decided to not charge a delivery fee for the service, no matter how remote the customer’s home.

“We’re doing something good for these people; it’s going to cost us more but that will be all right,” Tant said.

Tant said there are two other pharmacies in the Cleburne County but they don’t provide delivery of medications.

“It’s very typical of independent pharmacies — I know in Oxford, Martin’s offers a delivery service,” Tant said.

“I was actually kind of shocked when I started working over here that nobody offered it,” Tant said.

Tant has owned the pharmacy for two years but the pharmacy has been in business for at least 40 years.

Tant said some of his delivery customers have said, “Hope you have a 4 x 4,” as Cleburne County has lots of gravel roads. So far Tant said the delivery driver has had no problems.

Martin’s Pharmacy has four locations in Calhoun County and owner Chris Martin said that the pharmacy does offer local delivery of medications.

Martin said that the bulk of the deliveries are to the elderly and homebound patients who can’t drive.

According to a U.S. Census Bureau study looking from 2011 to 2015, 17.7 percent of Cleburne County’s residents were older than 65 compared to 14.9 percent for the state of Alabama.

Martin has been offering the delivery service for two years and charges $3. Martin said they deliver to about 10 patients each day.

Cleburne Pharmacy is at 875 Ross Street in Heflin. For more information, go to https://www.cleburnerx.com/ or call 256-463-2197.