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The Apothecary Shops Opens 2nd Las Vegas Location; Expands Collaboration With AFAN

January 1, 2009| CATEGORIES: Press Release

Open House Set Jan. 14

LAS VEGAS, Nev. (Jan. 5, 2009): As part of its nationwide expansion strategy, Phoenix-based The Apothecary Shops has opened a second Las Vegas retail pharmacy location at 701 Shadow Lane, #110 that also reflects a growing collaboration with AID forAIDS of Nevada (AFAN) to serve the southern Nevada HIV/AIDS community.

With 10 specialty practices including Infectious Disease and Pain Management, The Apothecary Shops “recognizes and understands that partnering with agencies like AFAN and working closely with physicians and their patients improves and enhances adherence to drug regimens and the outcome of treatments for diseases like HIV and AIDS,” said AFAN Executive Director Jennifer Morss. “At the same time, given how many of our clients face transportation challenges, having The Apothecary Shop in the same building as our office, the HIV clinic and University Medical Center’s Wellness Center is incredibly convenient for them.”

The Apothecary Shops has established similar relationships with HIV/AIDS organizations in the Phoenix metropolitan area and in Columbus, Ohio near Ohio State University. AFAN, which serves more than 3,000 clients, will celebrate its 26th anniversary in April. “With our focus on providing medications, information and support for those with HIV and AIDS, working with AFAN only strengthens our commitment,” said Keith Cook, President, The Apothecary Shops. “HIV and AIDS medications are highly effective, but come with side effects that can be difficult for the patients. We have developed customized programs to help patients become more comfortable and successful with their treatment. Working with patients to monitor and improve therapy adherence leads to optimal outcomes for them.”

On January 14, a joint open house is planned from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. at both The Apothecary Shop and the AFAN offices with tours, complimentary hors d’oeuvres and beverages. To RSVP, call Fabian Mera at The Apothecary Shops at 702-334-7149 or email fmera@theapothecaryshop.com. Before joining The Apothecary Shop as a sales representative, Mera spent nine years as AFAN Director of Operations.

The Apothecary Shops, one of the nation’s foremost chain of independent full-service pharmacies, did not slow down during 2009 and doesn’t plan to in 2010. The company added 29 new positions in 2009 including executives, pharmacists, technicians and support staff, an increase of 17.4%, and expects to fill at least 30 new jobs to start the second decade of the 21st century. The Apothecary Shops has 180 employees, 150 in Arizona. The company’s first Las Vegas pharmacy is located at 10050 Banburry Cross Drive, # 110.

With $105 million in projected revenues for 2009, an increase from $82 million in 2008, The Apothecary Shops operates 16 free-standing pharmacies in Arizona, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Albuquerque, Salt Lake City and Columbus, Ohio with additional locations to be announced soon.

In addition, during 2009 the company completed construction of a 5,000 square foot clean room and opened a new 19,000 state-of-the-art mail-order fulfillment center. For more information, visit www.theapothecaryshop.com. For more information about AFAN, visit www.afanlv.org.

About AID for AIDS of Nevada (AFAN)

AID for AIDS of Nevada (AFAN) was founded in 1984 and is the oldest and largest AIDS service organization in the state of Nevada. Their unyielding commitment to the community provides unparalleled health expertise, support and advocacy for adults and children living with and affected by HIV/AIDS in southern Nevada. Over the years, AFAN has created various programs that offer consistent and comprehensive assistance including direct client service programs, food programs, prevention and education programs and community outreach. As part of AFAN’s mission, these client service programs assist in enhancing the physical health and psychosocial wellness of the individuals they serve, while promoting dignity and improving the quality of their lives. For more information, please visit www.afanlv.org.

About The Apothecary Shops

The Apothecary Shops is one of the foremost chain of independent full-service pharmacies with specialties in infectious disease, veterinary medicine, oncology, ophthalmology, fertility, pain management, women’s health, transplant, compounding and sports health. A National Specialty Pharmacy, The Apothecary Shops has provided individualized care and support to patients since 1996. The clinical pharmacists and staff members are experts in managing complex disease states and providing compassionate care. The Apothecary Shops offer a nationwide specialty mail-order service to complement 16 physical practices. For more information, visit www.theapothecaryshop.com.


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