Myers Apothecary gives customers more options

Published 7:55 am Wednesday, April 3, 2024

By Alyssa Schnugg
Senior reporter

Myers Apothecary opened its doors Monday, becoming the first compounding pharmacy in Oxford.

Owned and operated by Sam and Ashley Myers, the two medical professionals decided to combine their years of experience and medical knowledge to offer local residents a new option when filling prescriptions.

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Sam is a pharmacist and Ashley is a registered nurse. The couple moved to Oxford about six years ago. 

“Over the years, we had talked about collaborating and using our gifts that God has given us to help not only our friends and family, but the community that we live in,” Sam Myers said. “We saw a need and that’s with a pharmacy that not only has regular medications, but specialized individualized medicines that we can create from our compounding.”

Instead of a one-size-fits-all approach, compounding allows pharmacists to customize medications tailored to an individual’s unique requirements. For instance, rather than taking an oral medication that affects your entire body, Myers Apothecary can formulate a topical pain cream targeted precisely at the site of your pain.

“Compounding provides that next level of individualization with medications,” Myers said.

Compounding isn’t limited to pain relief. It encompasses a wide range of medications, from sterile compounds like IV antibiotics to non-sterile products such as dermatological treatments and hormone replacement therapies. 

This versatility enables the compound pharmacy to address diverse medical conditions, from pediatric ailments like eczema and seizure disorders to adult conditions like psoriatic arthritis and low testosterone.

One of the key benefits of compounding is its ability to cater to individuals who may struggle with conventional medications due to factors like taste, texture or dosage form. For example, children with ADHD or autism spectrum disorders may find it challenging to swallow tablets. 

“We are able to compound medications that may be commercially available, but only in a tablet form, and we can take that commercially available product, transform it into a suspension, a lozenge, a lollipop, or something that the child can actually take or absorb,” Myers said

Myers’ Apothecary will be a full-service pharmacy, also filling retail prescriptions and offering a gift shop and eventually, a coffee shop to its customers. 

Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays. They are located at 653 Concordia Avenue. 

For more information, call 662-662-638-6382.