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Local pharmacists make prescriptions personal

Posted: December 10, 2013 - 7:46pm
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ERIC WHITE STAFF PHOTO  PHARMACIST ANGELA CURTIS SPENDS HER DAYS PREPARING, MIXING AND DISPENSING PRESCRIBED MEDICINES WITH HER FELLOW CO-OWNERS AT EAST CONWAY'S NEWEST LOCALLY OWNED AND INDEPENDENT PHARMACY AMITY ROAD PHARMACY.
ERIC WHITE STAFF PHOTO PHARMACIST ANGELA CURTIS SPENDS HER DAYS PREPARING, MIXING AND DISPENSING PRESCRIBED MEDICINES WITH HER FELLOW CO-OWNERS AT EAST CONWAY'S NEWEST LOCALLY OWNED AND INDEPENDENT PHARMACY AMITY ROAD PHARMACY.

Three local pharmacists have opened their own independent pharmacy in east Conway to bring back the customer-pharmacist relationship they say is lacking at some of the larger chains.

Pharmacist Angela Curtis said she has heard from family and friends that they miss the smaller, independent pharmacies that they used to go to before chains began dominating the market.

Curtis, and fellow pharmacists Tahnya Harris and Jennifer Hyde are hoping to fill that void with Amity Road Pharmacy at 810 Amity Road, Suite 101 in The Oaks Plaza shopping center behind Kohl’s.

“From hearing their side of the story,” Curtis said, “they miss the independent interaction, and we felt like we could bring that back.”

With the same staff on a routine basis, pharmacists are able to get to know each customer, Curtis said. “It’s not just a pharmacy-customer relationship, but a personal relationship,” she said.

Amity Road Pharmacy offers home delivery and special compliance packaging where medications are packaged in individual containers for people on multiple maintenance medications.

“It helps them from missing a dose or forgetting a dose,” Curtis said.

Something Amity is doing that most chains don’t, is compounding.

“For instance, we can make Phenergan gel for people who are so nauseated they can’t keep a pill down or don’t want to do a suppository,” Curtis explained.

But like the major chains, Amity also provides generic drugs and accepts all commercial health insurance and Medicare Part D insurance.

One of the reasons, the pharmacists chose the Amity Road location was because the building is compatible for a drive through window.

“We have a drive through for when the weather is bad and you don’t feel like getting out or if you have small children in car seats,” Curtis said.

Sticking with that old time pharmacy charm, Amity has a complimentary coffee and hot chocolate bar for customers while they wait, along with local art and jewelry for sale.

“We’re trying to make customers feel at home,” Curtis said.

Gail Horned, a childhood neighbor, handcrafts the Something Special jewelry for sale in the pharmacy. She sells jewelry made from precious stones, crystals and beads ranging from $10 to $65 including school spirit bracelets for local colleges and high schools.

The pharmacists are hosting a grand opening party tonight from 4 to 6 p.m. with refreshments and a chance to with a $100 Best Buy gift card.

Raffle tickets to win a one-of-a-kind Chevrolet Truck tailgate bench will be sold for $5 a piece or $20 for five. The money will go toward the Dylan Treece Fund to help build a home for a special-needs teenager and his adoptive mother, Marcy Eubanks.

Amity Road Pharmacy is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and closed on Sundays.

(Staff writer Michelle Corbet can be reached by email at michelle.corbet@thecabin.net or by phone at 505-1215. To comment on this and other stories in the Log Cabin, log on to www.thecabin.net. Send us your news at www.thecabin.net/submit)

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