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Maple Leaf Pharmacy – for you AND your furry friends

March 30th, 2011 by Mike

By Katie Melton

Usually when urban dwellers pick up a prescription, it’s a quick, impersonal stop at a grocery store or an even more impersonal mail-only service. But at Maple Leaf Pharmacy, they’ll know you by name.

The pharmacy originated in 1988 in the old Northgate Hospital building (north parking lot of the mall). It  moved to its current location, at 8830 Roosevelt Way N.E., in 1996.

The Maple Leaf Pharmacy is independently owned and operated, and was originally called North Roosevelt Pharmacy, under the same landlord. The pharmacists, Bill McNary and Bernie Bauman, work alongside Geraldine Crews, the head technician, who has been with the current owner for 21 years.

“In order to stay alive, we focus more on being patient-oriented. We know everybody by name so they feel like they’re paid attention to more, and cared about,” Crews said.

Not only does the person behind the counter know you personally, but the pharmacy is also a drug compounding center. So, the medication is tailored specifically for each patient at the pharmacy. The Maple Leaf Pharmacy does veterinary compounding as well, which is perfect for all those dogs and their walkers in the neighborhood.

“Many people don’t realize this, but a lot of animals use human drugs. But, they are like babies, so they need them in much smaller doses,” Crews said.

As a compounding pharmacy, the pharmacists are able to provide unique drugs to their patients. One in particular can only be found in Canada, but the Maple Leaf Pharmacy is one of the very few that is able to compound it, drawing people from all over to get the medication.

This goes for animals, too.

“There’s one drug in particular that we use for cats,” Crews said. “It was pulled off the market years ago for liver damage in humans.”

The pharmacy is able to compound this veterinary drug by clarifying that it will not be used for human consumption.

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