This spring, students from the Pharmacy Technician program at Ross Medical Education Center in Huntsville, Alabama visited The Pillbox Pharmacy. The Pillbox Pharmacy was founded by Sam Costello in 1973 and is located in Decatur, Alabama. It is a local hometown pharmacy serving Morgan County and the surrounding areas. Their goal is to meet the needs of the patients and the physicians with personal service that is unmatched. It is a full-time pharmacy that offers compounding services in the fields of BHRT (Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy), pain management, veterinary, and many more. The Pill Box Pharmacy is held to the highest standards in compounding and they take every precaution available to give patients the safest and most accurate compounding possible. Sam has also grown the Pillbox Pharmacy into a business that is well known for its hospitality.
The students were given a tour of the facilities by Tyler Sharpe, CPhT and Compounding Manager. Tyler has been with the pharmacy for over 15 years. He gave a brief description of the equipment and how the equipment is used for sterile and non-sterile compounding. Tyler also allowed the students to observe him preparing a non-sterile hormonal cream that had been ordered for a patient. The students agreed that the process was very interesting and exciting to watch from the very beginning to the end.
The students were also given the opportunity to observe another pharmacy compounding technician, Doug Prater. Doug was filling an order for a patient that required compounding capsules. Doug skillfully guided the students through the entire process.
The pharmacy staff included one of our Ross graduates, Jada Dale. According to Compounding Manager Tyler Sharp, Jada has become a valuable asset to the team and is one of the best compounding technicians. She has been assigned the duty of leading tours for high school students and educating them on the duties and responsibilities of being a pharmacy technician.
Needless to say, the students enjoyed the trip to The Pill box Pharmacy and were very excited to be a part of such a phenomenal experience.