One of those responsibilities one undertakes as an adult that seemed so foreign and distant as a child and teenager is going to the pharmacy to fill prescriptions. Over the years I’ve been to a number of different pharmacies and for the last several years I used a pharmacy in one of the big retail chains.
Eventually several issues I had with this big-chain pharmacy grew in annoyance to the point where I searched out a new pharmacy. Specifically:
- I had trouble getting my medications filled on occasion. The pharmacists would tell me that the medication was “not available” and then when my wife would call or visit it would be “available” and she would pick it up (literally the same day). I was usually told it would be a week or two before the medication was again available. Not sure if they thought I was a drug addict, but for whatever reason I seemed to be discriminated against (come on folks, haven’t you heard that neck-beards and hoodies are the fashion craze amongst tech geeks?).
- If a medication was not available it usually wouldn’t be available for an extended period of time (e.g. 1-2 weeks), and even then it might run out by the time I got into the pharmacy.
I decided to try this little pharmacy in Langhorne – aptly named the Langhorne Pharmacy – and I am extremely pleased with my experience thus far (I’ve been using them for a few months now).
Whereas I was frequently discriminated against at the larger retail chain, at this small pharmacy they know me by name and are always friendly and helpful.
Whereas medications would oftentimes be unavailable for long periods of time, the head pharmacist told me during my first visit to, “Just call in a day ahead of time when you need a refill and I will order the medication for you to ensure it is here.” Wow! Now that is some impressive service – and sure enough, every time I go in (and I don’t usually have to call) the medication is waiting for me (this isn’t just any medication, it is a medication which all pharmacies, including the big chains, have difficulty keeping in-stock).
But there are a few additional reasons I really like this pharmacy. For me, it is closer geographically than the big chain; the lines are never long; and while it isn’t a big issue – I usually wait 5-15 minutes for my medications at Langhorne Pharmacy (when I bring the scripts directly in, rather than having them filed electronically) instead of 30 mins. to 1 hr. at larger retail chains.
Did I mention they make free local deliveries? Okay, so I’m a little excited about these folks – but they deserve it.
If you live in the Langhorne, Levittown, Middletown, Penndel, Hulmeville area – check them out! Their address is 172 North Pine Street, Langhorne, PA 19047. You can call them at 215-752-1100. They are in the same shopping plaza as St. Mary’s Thrift Store. Let me know your thoughts!