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Apothecary shop located conveniently across from LCC’s Main Campus

Apothecary shop located conveniently across from LCC’s Main Campus
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Shelby Schueller
Staff Writer

Since 1926, the Apothecary Shop has served the Lansing community under the motto of, “Pharmacy is a profession, not a sideline.”

Located across the street from LCC at 737 N. Grand Ave, the shop offers a wide variety of products such as prescriptions, customized weekly pill trays, over-the-counter medications and durable medical equipment. The equipment for sale includes hospital beds, wheelchairs, bandages, blood pressure cuffs and more.

According to co-owner Sai Appalaneni, the store has between 600,000 and one million products in the inventory.

“If you have trouble finding the medicine (or products) you need … you’ll probably find it here,” Appalaneni said.

The Apothecary Shop also follows the traditional pharmaceutical practice of mixing compounds in store such as creams, capsules and solutions that can be used for pain relief, skin care, etc., according to Appalaneni.

In addition, a free delivery service for prescriptions, compounds and medical equipment is available to patients’ homes, nursing homes or offices Monday through Friday to Lansing, East Lansing, Holt, Haslett, Okemos and DeWitt, according to the pharmacy’s website.

Ashok Edupuganti, co-owner and pharmacist in charge, said the store delivers to the east side of Lansing in the morning and the west side in the afternoon. He said the deliveries will arrive the same or next day they are called in.

“(Medications) will be delivered depending on the nature of the medication (and) it will be delivered immediately or at the time of patient’s convenience,” Edupuganti said.

According to Edupuganti, the Apothecary Shop emphasizes the importance of pharmacist to patient interaction by having no glass barrier at the prescription pick-up counter, having two or three pharmacists on duty per day, and occasional calls to patients’ homes to see how they are feeling.

“Customers come here for generations because of the personalized care, the consistent employees, the consistent hours … the free deliveries, quick service and also the good consultation because of the availability of the multiple pharmacists at any time,” Edupuganti said.

Edupuganti said he wants to reach out and provide medications to LCC students who need it.

“Even if (students) do not have money to get the full prescription, or if they do not have coverage when they are going to school, I am willing to help them out with a discount or, in some cases, even the cost of the medication,” he said.

The Apothecary shop is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. It is closed Sunday.

For more information about the Apothecary shop, visit the website at www.lansingapothecary.com, or call 517-482-0882.

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