Community pharmacies that excel in customer service:
Atlantic Apothecary offers proof that there is no such thing as a stupid question. There is always someone to explain the proper way to take a medication, says pharmacist Kevin Musto. The pharmacy also extends such niceties as Sunday hours, a self-service blood pressure machine, ATM, notary and gift packages for new moms. (100 S. Main St., No. 104, Smyrna, 653-9355, atlanticapothecary.com)
Cape Pharmacy is not the place to buy sand chairs when you head to the beach. You will find Boiron homeopathic remedies, including Arnicare and Oscillococcinum. The store also carries home health care supplies and diabetic supplies that can be billed to Medicare on the patient’s behalf. Pharmacist Carl June has 40 years experience in compounding. (17252 N. Village Main Blvd., The Villages of Five Points, Unit 3, Lewes, 645-0090, capepharmacy.com)
At First State Pharmacy, you can fill a prescription, ask questions about your medicines and buy a quart of milk. Chas McCormick, the founding pharmacist, says the staff is happy to help demystify insurance and find manufacturer’s discounts on drugs. Free home delivery. Sunday hours. (1707 Foulk Road, Wilmington, 468-4300, firststatepharmacy.com)
Georgetown Pharmacy is rolling out a full-line of medical equipment, including wheelchair rentals. Pharmacist and owner Tejas Sheth is quick to point out opportunities to save through drug manufacturers’ coupons, and he prioritizes prescriptions so sick folks don’t have to wait. Compounding services also are available. Delivery is free. (432 E. Market St., Georgetown, 856-2828)
Market Street Pharmacy provides a therapeutic management service to safeguard against duplication and overlap in medications, with an emphasis on looking out for seniors. Sheila Tucker, the pharmacist who opened the store eight years ago, works closely with doctors and patients’ families. (1914 N. Market St., Wilmington, 421-9200)
For 25 years, Moores Lake Pharmacy has been a destination in Dover. It offers such modern conveniences as refilling prescriptions online and monthly monitoring of patients. The staff is well versed in explaining medications and answering questions about insurance. The Moores Lake team also nurtures good relationships with doctors and nurses, the better to serve patients. (18 Lebanon Road, Dover, 697-0200, mooreslakepharmacy.com)
SaveWay Compounding Pharmacy makes medicines from scratch for people and pets. Patients pay up front and submit claims to their insurance companies. Fido won’t take his medicine? Not to worry. SaveWay pharmacist Calvin Freedman can transform a pill into a treat.