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Irwin Drug to offer medication synchronization; Jungert thanks community for support

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Irwin Dug employees offer a variety of services for their customers.

Contributed photo / Apryl Farmer Irwin Dug employees offer a variety of services for their customers.

— In a continuing effort to make life easier for its customers, Irwin Drug will soon offer a medication synchronization program.

“Basically, this will allow for a person to get their medications once a month,” explained Irwin owner Chad Jungert.

This lets a person obtain all their medications one time per month, rather than as a prescription comes due.

“We want to offer the most convenience for our customers,” Jungert said. “This is just one way to do that.”

Jungert also emphasized Irwin will meet the price of competitors.

In addition, Irwin continues to offer mail-out prescriptions for those who are not able to pick up their medications in the store, as well as delivery within Grangeville city limits, as well as medset service. This is for anyone wanting to have their medications placed in a disposable container with daily medications in an easily-removeable pop package.

Jungert said he and his staff are still focusing on “exceptional customer service” after 12 years.

Compounding creates customized medications

GRANGEVILLE – Did you know Irwin Drug can custom compound your medications if needed?

“Compounding is the science of creating personalized medications,” explained Irwin owner Chad Jungert. “It’s something we do quite a bit of.”

Compounded medications are made based on a health care provider’s prescription. Individual ingredients are mixed together in the exact strength and dosage form required by a specific patient.

At one time, nearly all prescriptions were compounded. With the advent of mass drug manufacturing in the 1950s and ’60s, compounding rapidly declined. The pharmacist’s role as a preparer of medications quickly changed to that of a dispenser of manufactured dosage forms, and most pharmacists no longer were trained to compound medications. However, the “one-size-fits-all” nature of many mass-produced medications meant that some patients’ needs were not being met.

In recent years, compounding has experienced a resurgence. Pharmacists can now personalize medicine for patients who need specific strengths, dosage forms, flavors and ingredients excluded from medications due to allergies or other sensitivities.

For details, talk to your health care provider or call Irwin at 208-983-1090.

“I feel like I have hired the best people to offer the best service to our customers,” he said, adding that is the reputation of Irwin Drug since it was started in 1944.

“In the pharmacy, we are always available for pricing questions, medication information as well as insurance inquiries,” he said. “We know sometimes it can be very difficult to navigate insurance, and we want to help with that and make that pharmacy transition as easy as possible.”

Irwin Drug focuses on customer service, but also serves the community in a variety of ways through its support of local people and activities, especially students. From sports and senior projects to Senior Fun Night and area auctions and raffles, Irwin Drug has a pulse on community endeavors.

“We realize the importance of being locally owned and feel a responsibility for our community members to be successful and feel supported by us,” Jungert said. “We take that investment in our community and people seriously.”

Jungert said he appreciates the loyal customers Irwin Drug has throughout the county.

“The support is amazing, and I cannot thank people enough,” he added.

Irwin Drug employs 20 people which includes having two full-time pharmacists each day and up to eight pharmacy technicians. The store also has a variety of sales clerks who work in the store’s various areas of kitchen supplies, a wide selection of toys, gift cards, makeup, bags, ribbon and gift wrap, clothing, baby items, movies and books, jewelry, candies, cards and gifts. The store also houses a Kodak photo machine for self-printing and is also a UPS (United Parcel Service) drop-off spot.

For questions call Irwin Drug at 208-983-1090 and check out their Facebook page for updates.


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