Medi-Thrift PharmacyLafayette, Georgia

"We cater to our patients and think of them as family. We celebrate in happy times and grieve with them in sad times.

May 1, 2021

How many years has your pharmacy been in business?

We have been in business 41 years. In 2014, we brought in Heather Staton as a partner. Heather added new energy to our business.

What has been the most significant change within your pharmacy over the past five years, and how has it helped you serve your patients better?

In 41 years we have seen lots of changes, but in the last five years, the most significant changes have been in our med synchronization program and our medication packaging program, Dispill. We service several host homes, but the biggest increases have been in family members caring for older relatives and needing help giving medicine. We have also made some major advances in our computer systems and automation. We added a robot to allow our technicians to focus more on patient care.

What is your favorite thing about being a pharmacist?

Being a pharmacist for 44 years has been very satisfying. We love people and find caring for them to be very rewarding. I am from a medical family, and both of our sons have stayed in the medical field. I guess it’s in our blood.

What makes your pharmacy unique?

We cater to our patients and think of them as family. We celebrate in happy times and grieve with them in sad times.

What do you think your patients love most about your pharmacy?

Our patients love our staff. Our staff know our patients by name and greet them as they enter the door, especially Neal.

What are your favorite ways to get involved with your community?

We support our community by sponsoring school sports and almost all community activities. We have been sponsors of the Reindeer Run and our festival, The Honey Bee Festival, since it started three years ago. Our biggest contribution is having Neal as the mayor for 23 years.

What excites you most about the future of independent pharmacy?

We feel the future of pharmacy is bright. It has changed in the past 41 years, and we believe it allows for new opportunities to help evolve the practice of pharmacy. We pharmacists are an important part of the health care system.

What does Locally Loved mean to you?

Locally loved is when our patients come in and tell us how much they love us. Nothing is more satisfying!

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