LivingWell: Mix It, Pop It, Rub It Down with The Apothecary Shop

April 9, 2012 | 2:00 PM | LivingWell | By Staff

We all get sick on occasion, right? And sometimes your typical Z-Pak, antibiotic, or anti-inflammatory drug just isn’t enough. That’s when your neighborhood specialty pharmacy comes in, servicing doctors and patients who not only need specialized medications, but in some cases, need their medications compounded – mixed up special to pop it or rub it down.

The Apothecary Shops, with 16 locations to serve customers in every area of the Valley, was founded in 1996 as a single pharmacy in Scottsdale, Arizona. They now have several locations nationwide as well as a national mail-order facility and wholesale division headquartered in Phoenix to get your drugs to your door.

Compounded medications, specially prescribed by a physician, are made by The Apothecary Shops’ team of trained and board certified pharmacists and pharmacy technicians, using sterile laboratories in many of The Apothecary Shops’ Valley locations
as well as in their 21,000 square-foot national distribution facility and call center located in Deer Valley. In these labs, specially made eye drops, cream medications, pills, and liquid drugs can be altered to remove allergic ingredients, or changed into a new form, such as turning pills into liquid medication for children. The Apothecary Shops can also compound veterinary prescriptions, so you can even pick up the medication for the family pet!

Certain medications, like cancer, fertility, or HIV medications can be expensive, and can require patient co-payments of thousands of dollars, but The Apothecary strives to provide medications at reasonable costs, and maintains excellent relationships with insurance providers to further benefit their patients. The Apothecary Shops clinical pharmacists are available 24 hours a day to provide comprehensive counseling and education to patients, and even offer (for certain medications) the latest technology in patient medication reminders, a GlowCap® that lights up and sounds an alarm to remind you it’s time to take your medicine!

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