Essentia Health is expanding its services to include pharmacies in Pequot Lakes and Pine River.

The transition of the two pharmacies from Lakes Area Pharmacy to Essentia Health is expected to be complete in June. The Lakes Area Pharmacies have been owned by local pharmacist David Parry, and are currently located in the Pequot Lakes Supervalu building and on Barclay Avenue in Pine River.

"As a community health care provider, Essentia Health is continually evaluating the needs of our community and expanding services to meet those needs." said Adam Rees, president of Essentia's Central Market.

Essentia Health pharmacies offer coordinated care to customers and have access to patients' health history through their electronic medical records. Pharmacists can check for updates to prescriptions, look for potential medication interactions and make sure patients are taking the correct dose.

Essentia Health pharmacies offer prescription and over-the-counter medications; safe medication disposal; medication management; monthly prescription service; online refill requests; mail delivery; flu shot and shingle vaccines; and custom medication packaging.