Charleston Gazette-Mail | St. Albans pharmacy shifts focus to compounding, home medical business

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Loop Pharmacy in St. Albans has sold the retail pharmacy portion of the business. It will continue to be a compounding pharmacy, owner Bill McFarland said.

The shelves in Loop Pharmacy were empty Thursday. McFarland said the business changes will allow the pharmacy to have a more robust home medical section with nutritional support.

A sign on the door of Loop Pharmacy Thursday alerts customers that their prescriptions can now be filled at CVS Pharmacy.

After more than 30 years in St. Albans, Loop Pharmacy and Home Medical is changing the way it does business.

The pharmacy, located on Sixth Avenue, has sold the retail pharmacy portion of its business to CVS. It will continue the compounding pharmacy and home medical operations, owner Bill McFarland said Thursday.

Compounding, or preparing customized medicines for patients, is “designing or creating something unique to that patient that standard medications are not working to do,” McFarland said. “That’s a profession in itself to me.”

The pharmacy opened nearly 33 years ago in October 1984. The business started with retail pharmacy and expanded to compounding, he said.

McFarland said the change will also allow for a “more robust” home medical section with more products.

“This is going to become a compounding pharmacy with nutritional support, which means we’ll have vitamins, nutrients, herbal products,” he said. “You’ll see my shelves begin to fill up with that sort of thing.”

McFarland said he decided to drop the retail pharmacy because problems associated with insurance reimbursements with the standard pharmacy business were becoming too overwhelming.

Having only the compounding portion of the pharmacy will give him “more freedom to serve the…

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