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'The Beat' - Heart Health Education ‣

The Beat is a monthly, one-hour free class to help those living with high blood pressure, who have been diagnosed with heart failure or who need help with lowering their cholesterol.

The Beat will help you get information, encouragement and healthy accountability from your pharmacist.

Each class will focus on a critical topic each month such losing weight the wise way, low sodium diets, lowering blood pressure, and more. The Beat is for both patients and caregivers.

Our next class will be held at:

Brashear's Pharmacy - Inverness - June 21st, 2017, 6pm

We look forward to seeing you in class.

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Make this the year for better health ‣

New Year's resolutions are a part of our cultural life, though few of us ever seem to make them stick more than a week or two by ourselves. And often our attempted resolutions are to lose weight, eat healthier or to exercise more. Your pharmacy is perfectly situated to help provide the accountability and tools you need. So this year, let Brashear's Pharmacy partner with you to support your goals and help improve your health.

1. Join our education and support classes

Brashear's Pharmacy teaches monthly classes focusing on heart health and diabetes. The Sweet Spot for diabetes uses a three-legged stool approach of diet, exercise and medication to improve your diabetes management. The Beat helps you set and meet goals for managing weight, blood pressure and cholesterol to improve your heart health.

2. We can help make sure the medicine goes down

C. Everett Koop made the statement “ Medicines don’t work with...

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Chapters in a story ‣

Each year is like a chapter in a story. And as 2016 soon comes to a close, we wish we could properly express the amazement and wonder when our doors open each morning. That 25 years later we are still here. That people like you give us your trust as we help to provide care. And that we get to share our days with the wonderful group of people that work here. In this business, in this family, we know that our hope and our life comes from God. This business is not a result of how good we have been, but how good God has been to us. And we're glad that you've been a part of our story this year.

This year we've focused on being A Pharmacy Doing More. We could tell you how many prescriptions we've filled, tablets counted and phone calls answered. But that doesn't tell the true story. What tells the story are the number of hugs we've given (many), smiles shared (daily) and friendship offered (all of you). These are the things that we value as a business.

We've also continued to go the extra mile without being asked. To make that phone call to an office to speed...

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Holiday Closings ‣

As we celebrate the upcoming holidays of Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years Day Brashear's Pharmacy will keep our regular hours except the following days:

Thanksgiving Thursday, Nov 24, Closed

Christmas Eve Saturday, Dec 24 830-1:00 PM

Christmas Day Sunday, Dec 25 Closed

New Years Day Sunday, Jan 1 Closed

We look forward to spending this time with our extended families and we wish you and yours a very merry Christmas and a happy New Year!

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Keep Seeing Brashear's Pharmacy on Facebook ‣

We want you to be kept up to date on everything your pharmacy is doing. Make sure you've "liked" our Facebook page, which you can find here. If you've already like the Facebook page, the button will say "liked" along with a blue thumb next to it.

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Best of the Best - 2016 ‣

For the second year in a row, Brashear's Pharmacy has been voted 'Best of the Best.'

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Which one are you? ‣

One of the issues that concerns us the most at Brashear's is the alarming statistic that 50% of people with chronic diseases are not taking their medication as prescribed. And there are a myriad of reasons for this. Sometimes it's a simple misunderstanding of how and why to take the medication. Often cost is a large factor. And occasionally there are side effects to a medication that need to be managed differently.

Your pharmacist is able to assist with any and all of these issues. Usually a simple phone call between the two of you is enough to be of help address questions. Speaking face-to face at the counseling window can sometimes be more helpful. Of course, your pharmacist is always available to speak with you at any time.

But when there are more than a few questions. And when the issues are more complex than what can be addressed over the phone, a more comprehensive medication review could be the solution.

Many Medicare Part D plans will even cover an annual...

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The Pharmacist Will See You Now ‣

Many Medicare Part D plans will cover a yearly appointment for patients to meet with their pharmacist and discuss their medications.

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Changing for the better ‣

We all know that health care is changing. From Medicare Part D starting over a decade ago to Obamacare more recently we are all under an influx of change in who pays for health care needs, what is covered and who we’re allowed to visit and when. Throughout our history as a company, Brashear's Pharmacy has consistently stayed at the forefront of these changes to improve the lives of the patients we see each day. We want to be known as ‘A Pharmacy Doing More’ and so here are some example of how we’re doing just that.

Did you know . . .

Many Medicare Part D plans will cover a yearly visit for patients living with multiple diseases and complex drug therapies to schedule an appointment to meet with their pharmacist. These appointments are called Comprehensive Medication Reviews and allow for you to sit down and discuss questions with your pharmacist about potential side effects of your drug therapies, recommend drug therapy changes and improvements and can help you optimize your health...

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The Sweet Spot on Citrus Today ‣

Watch Elis Brashear, PharmD discuss her upcoming free class of The Sweet Spot offered by Brashear's Pharmacy each month. The Sweet Spot is our diabetes education program that focuses on helping those living with diabetes live better.

The Sweet Spot meets monthly at both pharmacy locations.

Get connected with The Sweet Spot via Facebook or our email newsletter for information on upcoming classes.

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Start your new year with better health ‣

After seeing your physician and being prescribed the correct medication for an illness, taking your medication correctly is the next important step. It’s also something that many people struggle with. From remembering to take a dose, taking the dose at the proper time and picking up your refills at the pharmacy there are many ways that we can all have trouble.

But your pharmacist at Brashear’s can help. Our Simplify My Meds department can alleviate those issues and help you lead a healthier, fuller life.

We’ll sync up your refills so you have one pickup each month.

Your pharmacist will optimize your medication regimen by dose and time of day.

And we’ll call you each month to check on you and your health and schedule your pickup day.

It’s like having an appointment with your pharmacist each month, just like your regular appointments with your physician. And equally important.

Call or email us today to enroll.

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Employee Spotlight Continued ‣

Our employee spotlight continues with Elaine, a 20-year veteran teacher with the Citrus County School District and our newest pharmacy technician. She is working currently in our Simplify My Meds department.

Before working at Brashear's Pharmacy, what was the most unusual or interesting job you've ever had? Teaching Spanish to students in grades 1-5

How long have you lived in Citrus County? 21 years

How many years have you worked at Brashear's? Almost 3 weeks.

Do you have any hidden talents? I am fluent in Spanish. I also train horses and am an artist with pastels.

Favorite movie? City of Angels

Favorite book? All Creatures Great and Small

Know any good jokes? "What kind of underwear do old cowboys wear, briefs or boxers? "Depends'"

Favorite food? Fried oysters or lobster

What else should people know about you? I love animals

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Employee Spotlight ‣

*We'll be taking some time over the next few weeks and sharing some about the great people who work here.

Meet Suzy.

Before working at Brashear’s Pharmacy, what was the most unusual or interesting job you’ve ever had? I worked for 5 years as an airline stewardess for Eastern Airlines out of JFK Airport.

How long have you lived in Citrus County? Since 1982

How many years have you worked at Brashear’s? 10

Do you have any hidden talents? I like people and that’s my talent. And I like to golf.

Favorite movie? Rudy

Favorite book? Gone with the Wind

Know any good jokes? Nope (However, she always seems to make the rest of us laugh)

Favorite food? Steak

What else should people know about you? I’m very close with my extended family. I like to do crafts and I enjoy going out to eat.

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Brashear's Found Your Pharmacist ‣

People in Citrus County may recently have misplaced their pharmacist. Brashear’s Pharmacy went and found him! James Mauller, RPh, recently joined the team at Brashear’s and looks forward to making old customers new again at his new location in Inverness.

After graduating from Auburn University with his pharmacy license in 1989, Mauller has served the people of Inverness and the surrounding communities for more than 25 years through patient counseling, immunizations and providing medication services.

Bob Brashear, founder and president of Brashear’s Pharmacy, knows the importance of the pharmacist-patient relationship in improving people’s health. “We were looking for a pharmacist with a proven history of kindness and respect in medication counseling and support. With James we found our man,” Brashear said. “James has a great reputation locally as a pharmacist and as a person.”

“My goal was to join a company interested in investing in its people, its community and in furthering the profession of pharmacy to improve lives and give people the care and respect they...

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The Sweet Spot Explained ‣

Since we posted about our inaugural meeting of The Sweet Spot your pharmacists have fielded a lot of questions about what it it is and who is it for. So we want to help answer some of those questions.

A recent article in Forbes magazine said that 50% of Americans are either diabetic or pre-diabetic. And the management of diabetes is not as easy some other health complications can be. Your diet and activity levels play big roles in your diabetes management. If your diabetes medication management is perfect, but your diet and exercise need a little help, then your diabetes may not be as controlled as it could be.

But your pharmacist can help.

The Sweet Spot will focus on a monthly topic related to diabetes and your pharmacist will discuss how to use diet, exercise and medication management to improve your health and keep you informed. The Sweet Spot is for both patients and caregivers.

A recent topic covered how to avoid diabetic emergencies. The pharmacist discussed the types of health emergencies faced by diabetics, how to recognize the signs of those...

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The Sweet Spot ‣

The Sweet Spot is a monthly, one-hour class covering the essentials of living with diabetes. Past topics have discussed neuropathy, healthy eating, preventing diabetes complications and how to use diet, exercise and medication management to improve your health. The Sweet Spot is for both patients and caregivers.

Subscribe and get notified of future class times and locations.

Please contact us at SweetSpot@brashearspharmacy for more information.

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Veterinary compounding ‣

Our pharmacists get asked a lot what they can do to help clients manage their pets medications.

We're able to adjust both the flavor and the formulation to make it easier for pet owners. Here are the some of the more common formulations we see each day.

Prednisolone solution

Potassium Bromide solution and capsules

Ursodiol suspension and capsules

Methimazole solution and transdermal cream

Phenobarbital suspension

Piroxicam suspension

Tramadol suspension

Amlodipine solution

Metronidazole suspension

Talk to your pharmacist today about filling your pet medications at Brashear's.

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Flu shots everyday. Get protected. ‣

Flu shots have arrived.

Since the first flu vaccine was created almost 80 years ago an annual flu shot has become an essential tool to protect yourself against influenza.

Medicare eligible patients can expect to get their flu shot for as low as $0.

Cash paying patients pay only $29.99. That's cheap insurance against missing work from an unnecessary illness.

Stop in today to see your friendly pharmacist and walk away with confidence knowing that you're protected.

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Doing business differently ‣

Back in November 2013 was one the scariest moments ever in our company's history. A man walked into our pharmacy with a large knife demanding drugs. He threatened our coworkers and attempted to attack us. We scared him away.

Fortunately, none of our coworkers was physically injured in this robbery. All of those who were there that evening were emotionally scarred. I wasn't there that evening but even watching the raw footage made me shocked and angry. These were my coworkers. This was my family.

Today the Citrus County Sheriff's Office found a DNA match for their suspect, Kim Kilpatrick and posted about it on their Facebook page. All of us are thrilled that this robber has been found and it removes a little bit of the worry that hides in the back of your mind wondering, "Will he come back to rob us again?"

You attacked us and you hurt us. You scared an 18 year old cashier on her first day on the job. You tried to attack a man working in an office with your knife who defended himself by repeatedly trying to close and lock his office door. You...

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You've got questions? We've got privacy. ‣

At Brashear's Pharmacy, our pharmacists understand that each patient needs individual attention. And while standing across the counter we know that sometimes the hustle and bustle of a busy pharmacy isn't always the best place for discussions with your pharmacist.

That's why at Brashear's each of our locations are equipped with a private, medication consultation room away from the pharmacy counter so that you can sit and speak to your pharmacist in a setting that is more relaxed and where your pharmacist can give you the attention you deserve.

Consultation with your pharmacist can be done at any visit to the pharmacy or you can contact us for an appointment.

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Talk to your pharmacist about Prevnar ‣

What if one piece of broccoli could help prevent cancer? Wishful thinking, right? But one dose of PREVNAR 13® can help prevent pneumococcal pneumonia.

As you age, you take extra steps, like eating right and exercising, to help prevent disease. If you’re 50 or older, take one more step. Help protect yourself against pneumococcal pneumonia with PREVNAR 13®.

The PREVNAR 13® vaccine is approved for adults 50 and older to help prevent pneumococcal pneumonia and invasive disease caused by 13 strains of Streptococcus pneumoniae. Like some other common infectious diseases, the bacteria that causes pneumococcal pneumonia can be spread when airborne droplets are launched in the air by coughing or sneezing, or exchanged through close contact. This means everyone’s at risk for getting it, although some people are at greater risk than others.

Individual lifestyle and health-related factors may increase your risk for developing pneumococcal pneumonia. The condition of your immune system at any given time can also influence your personal risk, and having certain chronic...

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A Pharmacy Doing More ‣

Almost two years ago Brashear’s Pharmacy and its pharmacists were looking for ways we could do more to help our patients achieve better outcomes and lead healthier lives. We knew that one of the biggest obstacles to achieving those goals was simply helping patients remember to take their medicine and take it on time.

So we started a program called Simplify My Meds and the results have been amazing.

Let’s look at just a few of the many people we’ve been able to help.

Jane Doe #1. Jane was a regular at the pharmacy. She had three different physicians and over 12 different medications that she filled on various days throughout the month. We helped Jane by using the technology we had acquired and synced up her refills. She now has an appointment day each month to come and get all her refills. When Jane comes into the pharmacy each month she reviews her medication regimen with her pharmacist at pickup time and gets reminded of the best time to take her medications so they’re most effective.

2. John Doe #1. John was one of the first patients we enrolled on the...

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See our latest video ‣

The great folks at WYKE helped us with our latest video. Check it out!

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WE'RE MOBILE! ‣

I was taking my 2 year old to swim lessons the other day and the swim instructor invited me to take a short video of him swimming.

Isn’t it amazing that we can just assume that someone has a video camera/smart phone in their pocket nowadays?

And because we can make that assumption let us invite you to download our new mobile app here.

It’s available for both Android and iPhones and has great features that let you order prescription refills, ask a pharmacist questions, get health news alerts and research important information about your medications.

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How hormone replacement therapy can help ‣

Tired of feeling hot and bothered?

Do you feel like you’re losing your mind?

Is a good night’s sleep only a dream?

Are you eating less and gaining more?

If you answered “Yes” to any of these, let us help restore the balance your body needs. We specialize in bio-identical hormone replacement therapy.

Talk to your pharmacist today about how our compounded hormone replacement therapy can help you enjoy life the way you deserve.

See our Compounding page for more information.

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Pharmacists take care of pets, too ‣

Your veterinarian is the first and last line of defense in taking care of your pets (family members covered in fur!).

And your pharmacist can help your veterinarian sometimes in that care.

Pharmacists at Brashear’s can apply their extensive knowledge of dosage forms and can advise veterinarians and pet owners about alternatives in flavoring or formulation that may make it easier for you to administer needed medication.

Contact us today to ask how we can help be a local provider for your pets medications.

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Enjoying Work Every Day, Part 2 ‣

A few weeks ago I wrote about a few of the great people who work at Brashear’s, many of whom have been here a while. And they're a big part of the reason we can all enjoy working here everyday. Now let me tell you about the person who has worked here the longest.

Meet Pam.

Pam has had a long and distinguished nursing career for almost 50 years. Pam started with us as the director of Brashear’s Vital Care Pharmacy, our home infusion division, back in 2002. She continues with us in that role and also frequently assists the pharmacists in our compounding department.

We continue to be so richly blessed by her character, her kindness and her brilliance. She’s the confidant of many of us here and many of you guys too. Many of the nursing agencies around our community, and hospice providers, rely on Pam regularly when working to coordinate care for their patients being admitted into services.

We're so thankful for all the years we've been able to work with Pam.

And we know you are too.

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Multiple doctors? You need one pharmacist. ‣

No matter what ails you there is probably a physician nearby who specializes in treating you. You’ve got your general practitioner, your dermatologist, your cardiologist and your urologist. And when you have that many practitioners working hard to take care of you, you need to have just one pharmacist.

Your pharmacist needs to be the single person watching your health and your drug treatments in their entirety. This is to ensure your safety when taking medications prescribed by your physicians.

Your pharmacist is looking out for duplication of drug therapies, dangerous interactions and can suggest cost saving alternatives for you to discuss with your physician.

And when you’ve got a question, your pharmacist at Brashear’s is always just a phone call away to help answer your medication questions.

If you’re currently taking a medication being dispensed at another pharmacy let us know what it is and where and we’ll take care of putting it in your prescription profile.

Give us a call today.

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A Pharmacy That Makes Us Proud ‣

So what’s so great about this place?

I could tell you about the great products. But you know that anybody can stock those.

I could tell you about the great prices of all our medicines. And usually we’re the lowest, but not everytime.

I could tell you about our great locations in downtown Inverness or on Hwy 491 in Lecanto. But maybe that’s not all that convenient for you anyways.

So what’s so great about Brashear’s Pharmacy?

Years ago James Carville coined the phrase, “It’s the economy, stupid.”

For us, it’s the people, stupid. It’s all about the knowledgeable pharmacists we employ, outstanding technicians and friendly clerks.

It’s about nurses that help immunize and coordinate infusion services.

And it’s about owners that want their employees to thrive both at work and in life.

A great company starts and ends with great people.

And that’s something that’ll always make us proud.

Learn more about the services we provide here.

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Making life beautiful ‣

What glorious weather we’re having this week. Spring is around the corner. The azaleas are in bloom and I see honey bees gathering nectar. Life can be beautiful. But it is not always so.

No one wants to be dealing with illness or high blood pressure, diabetes or cancer. Despite our love of all you guys we know that nobody really wants to come and spend their hard, earned money in the pharmacy. But pharmacists play their role in the health-care system. And they can play their role in a beautiful life too.

In the cold, sterile rooms of health care practice pharmacists are the most accessible providers. They’re on almost every major street crossroads. And they provide essential care to each of you.

They provide vaccinations against the flu, pneumonia and shingles. They counsel patients on the how and why of taking their medications so they’re most effective and most cost effective. They keep you safe against dangerous drug interactions and teach you how to use your new blood sugar machine. They check your blood pressure when you don’t feel great and...

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Doing Business is Hard ‣

Despite our best efforts running a pharmacy, or any business, is always hard. We’re a little guy in the world of chain stores and big box pharmacies, mail order and grocery stores.

But we continue to show up to work every day and all of you continue to walk in our front doors.

And so though business is hard it has its bright moments. Each day when you the customer walk in the door I smile. And I’m thankful that you have.

I remember when we first opened our pharmacy in Lecanto and we had a big, beautiful store and business was really slow. People, you guys, hadn’t found us yet. And one man walked in, stopped and looked me in the eye and asked out loud, “Where are all your customers?” I smiled and said to him, “You just walked in and we’ve been waiting for you.”

And so we work hard everyday to keep our prices as low as possible, to keep our service top notch, and to offer programs you find valuable such as Simplify My Meds and...

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Being Family is Hard ‣

But there is beauty in doing hard things, especially when doing them as family.

Brashear’s Pharmacy is a family. And we’ve got a lot of actual family here. And we’ve got a lot of folks we just consider family.

But Bob Brashear is one blessed pharmacist. In addition to working with his wife, Dianne, at the store each day, he’s also got his brother-in-law, Jon, his sister-in-law, Pam, three sons, Justin, Jesse and Rob, Jr. and their respective wives, Elis and Glenda. His late mother-in-law, June Wright, worked here for many years as our bookkeeper until a few weeks before her passing. And we miss her terribly.

I wrote to you earlier this week about some of the great team that works here and who have been here for years and years. They’re family too. And we love them.

And they love all of you guys when you come into the store each day.

It’s a great thing when family gets together. It’s beautiful. Some of us see family only sometimes. Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas are those big get togethers for the Brashear extended...

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Why we can enjoy work every day ‣

When Bob Brashear opened his first retail pharmacy back in 2001 he knew he was going to need help. Many of those great people from the early years are still around. It's because of them that we can all come to work each day and enjoy where we work. Let me tell you about some of them.

Jon Wright was the first pharmacist that Bob hired when the pharmacy started to get busier back in 2003. Jon is Bob’s brother-in-law and was just a teenager when Bob married Jon’s sister Dianne. Jon went on to go to pharmacy school himself and graduated from the University of Florida in 1986. Jon married his wife Karen who has been a long-time educator in Citrus County and they have six children.

Denise Borre had worked at Fedco Drugs with Bob in the years before it was sold. In 2003 she was hired on in Customer Service and has been with us almost 12 years. Denise has been one of my favorite people to work with and we’re glad to have her. She’s been a tremendous asset in assisting our customers. Denise has two grown daughters and one granddaughter, Nina.

Suzy Decker came...

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Your pharmacist knows a secret ‣

The secret is that despite a trip to a physician, and a friendly pharmacist available to answer questions each day, most people don’t take their medication correctly.

Sometimes we forget and skip a dose that day. Sometimes we forget and take the dose late. And too often we forget why we are still taking a drug. Medicine only works if taken correctly. Brashear’s Pharmacy can help with each of those issues.

We call it Simplify My Meds and there are two levels of assistance.

First, we sync up all your prescription refills. This gives you a scheduled, once-a-month pickup of your prescriptions. That is huge time saver to you the patient or a caregiver. Your pharmacist is available, in person, to go through your medication list when you pickup to answer any questions you have, to go over side effects and to advise you on the best times of the day to take your medications.

Second, we offer additional support for patients and their caregivers by packaging a patient's entire drug regimen by day and time. For drugs not taken in pill form we can set up...

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3 Ways Your Pharmacist Can Help You ‣

Your pharmacist is an essential champion for your health. By partnering with your physician when you are a prescribed a medication, your pharmacist is actively looking for drug interactions with other medications you are taking, educating you on potential side effects and a whole lot more.

1. Seeing more than one physician? Your pharmacist has that covered. By having your entire prescription history available when dispensing your medication, your pharmacist is able to spot potentially dangerous drug interactions from taking place.

2. We're all concerned about cost these days. And that includes your pharmacist. Our pharmacy team is always looking to keep your price as low as possible by dispensing generic drugs when available, billing all forms of health insurance and looking for coupon savings cards to save you money.

3. Our pharmacists are skilled at problem solving. From creating a custom formulation for a child who can't swallow tablets or capsules to a sterile injectible drug used during a surgery your pharmacist is always willing and able to help...

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12 years later . . . ‣

Thursday, October 23, 2003

There's probably a hundred reasons why a mom-and-pop pharmacy could never compete against a town full of chain pharmacies.

But Bob Brashear isn't really concerned about that. In fact, he never has been - not even when the general pharmacy he worked for closed its doors almost two years ago and left him jobless for several months.

Maybe Fedco Discount Drugs - where Brashear worked as general manager - didn't survive, but that didn't mean there wasn't a place for a hometown pharmacy in Inverness.

With that in mind, Brashear, went to work - not for another company, but for himself.

Within weeks, Brashear began making plans to open his own pharmacy in the same building that is also home to his other business, Brashear's Vital Care Home Infusion Pharmacy.

While the building was small, the parking spaces were limited - seven to be exact - and the pharmacy manager had few customers and limited income, he pressed on.

It's not that Brashear was overconfident or a particularly savvy businessman. He admits he doesn't...

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