Hampshire Pharmacy relocates to downtown area

By Denise Moran
For Sun-Times Media

April 29, 2014 11:50PM

Parag Maniar registered pharmacist owner Hampshire Pharmacy stands behind counter. | Denise Moran~For Sun-Times Media

Parag Maniar, registered pharmacist and owner of Hampshire Pharmacy, stands behind the counter. | Denise Moran~For Sun-Times Media


HAMPSHIRE — Hampshire Pharmacy, which has been located along Oak Knoll Drive (Route 72) for the past three years, recently moved to the village’s downtown area at 262 North State Street.

“I wanted to create a new pharmacy at a better location in downtown Hampshire,” said Parag Maniar, registered pharmacist and owner of Hampshire Pharmacy. “Residents will now have an easier location to reach. This should bring more traffic to the downtown area.”

The pharmacy is located next door to Lost & Found Vision, which has been owned and operated by optician Sue Johnson for close to six years.

“The pharmacy’s move should help to revitalize the north side of downtown,” said Johnson.

Maniar also opened Genoa Pharmacy at 280 West Main Street in downtown Genoa six months ago.

Hampshire Pharmacy offers a wide range of healthcare products along with medical equipment and medical supplies.

Merchandise includes: walkers, crutches, braces and supports, bath safety accessories, Yankee Candles, gift cards, greeting cards, pet vitamins, baby care items and diapers, cosmetics, hair care items, and eye and mouth care products.

The pharmacy offers Dispill medication in order to ensure that patients are taking the right medications at the right time.

“Studies show that 20 percent of hospitalizations are due to people not taking their proper medications,” Maniar said.

The Dispill medication system is ideal for people with mobility or coordination difficulties. It takes the guess work out of medication management. Every bubble in the blister pack is clearly labeled with the quantity, name and strength of each drug. Each bubble is also color coded to identify the time it should be taken.

Hampshire Pharmacy offers compounding where medicines are “made from scratch” in order to meet the exact strength and dosage required by patients. Nearly all prescriptions were compounded until the 1950s and 1960s with the advent of mass drug manufacturing. The “one size fits all” nature of mass-produced medications, however, meant some patient needs were not being met.

Compounding has been experiencing a resurgence as modern technology, techniques and research have allowed pharmacists to better customize medications. Dosage forms include: custom flavoring, capsules, oral liquids, troches and lollipops, topical preparations and suppositories.

Hampshire Pharmacy collects expired drugs to prevent them from going into waterways.

The pharmacy also offers a way for people to dispose of home-generated “Sharps” that include hypodermic needles, syringes and lancets. “Sharps” are used by diabetes patients who inject insulin and by others who self-administer medications for conditions such as allergies, arthritis, multiple sclerosis, hepatitis B or HIV.

People can pick up a free “Sharps” container and then bring it back when full to the pharmacy so they get another container.

The pharmacy’s hours are: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, and closed on Sunday.

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