The bottles of hand sanitizer made in-house at Ripon Drug can be found by the cash register in plastic baggies. The bottles are $6.99.
The bottles of hand sanitizer made in-house at Ripon Drug can be found by the cash register in plastic baggies. The bottles are $6.99.

UPDATE: Ripon Drug is limiting the purchase of their hand sanitizer to one bottle per customer as a result of high demand.

In an effort to ease the demand for hand sanitizer in the Ripon community, Ripon Drug is making, and selling, its own.

  Pharmacist Connor Hanson explained to the Commonwealth that six days ago the U.S. Food and Drug Administration allowed pharmacies to create certain alcohol-based hand sanitizers during this public health emergency.

   He added Ripon Drug still is trying to purchase hand sanitizer from its vendors; however, the COVID-19 crisis is making that difficult.

   “It's very hard to get commercially available hand sanitizer from anywhere. We still are trying to get the regular products in from our wholesalers, but we are trying to provide another product available for people who are needing it now,” Hanson said.

   The 3-ounce bottles of 60% alcohol hand sanitizer are $6.99; however, Ripon Drug is not making a profit off of these bottles and only priced them to break even on cost and labor.

   “We're doing this really just for our community,” Hanson said. “The actual cost of what we are buying the products for are expensive just because of how rare they are, so we're trying to just do this for serving our community.”

   Ripon Drug began selling the hand sanitizer today (Friday) and has them available for purchase by the cash register; however, there is a two-bottle limit per person.

   The recipe the pharmacy used is good for 30 days as a result of the ingredients used. Though the process may take some time, Hanson noted they will try to keep up with the demand for hand sanitizer in the community.

   “We will try to keep making more so that it's available for our community,” he said. “... It actually is a pretty well measured process to get all the correct ingredients together. So that's something our community should know, too ... We have to make sure it's compounded correctly to make sure it's going to be killing the bacteria.”

   Along with the hand sanitizer, Ripon Drug also is asking individuals in the community to have more of their prescriptions be delivered.

   “We do want to encourage more and more patients to ask for deliveries if they really need something. We want to just be cautious and cut down on traffic in here,” Hanson said.