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Williamstown Apothecary Opens Today

WILLIAMSTOWN — Berkshire Health Systems (BHS) and Williams College announced that the Williamstown Apothecary, a new retail pharmacy in Williamstown, will open today, Aug. 19.

The Williamstown Apothecary is a collaboration between Berkshire Health Systems and Williams College that will expand access to prescriptions, over-the-counter medications, and many other products, in close proximity to the Williams campus. The pharmacy is located at 72 Spring St. in Williamstown, a property owned by the college.

The hours of operation for the Williamstown Apothecary are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., and Sundays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

“Williams has been excited to work with BHS to bring pharmacy and related services to the heart of Williamstown,” said Matt Sheehy, the college’s associate vice president for Finance and Administration. “This should be a major convenience for the community, including Williams’ students, faculty, and staff. It also will complement nicely the goods and services available in the middle of town.”

The Williamstown Apothecary will be operated by Berkshire Health Systems through its Berkshire Community Pharmacy, as a full retail pharmacy with access to prescription medications and over-the-counter pharmaceuticals, including an automated system allowing for pickup of prescriptions and select over-the-counter medications after-hours.

“While COVID-19 has necessarily delayed the original planned opening date, Berkshire Health Systems is happy to partner with Williams College on the Williamstown Apothecary, which will expand the Williamstown and North Berkshire community’s access to prescription and other pharmacy needs,” said David Phelps, president and CEO of Berkshire Health Systems.

The Williamstown Apothecary carries a variety of vitamins, supplements, and medications that are common to pharmacies, but also has several items of interest to the college community, including a selection of herbal medications and teas, flower-essence tinctures, a line of high-quality skin-care products, local organic handmade soaps, and essential oils and diffusers, among other items.

The Berkshire Community Pharmacy currently operates two other pharmacy locations that are open to the public, at Berkshire Medical Center in Pittsfield and the North Adams campus of BMC.