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Pharmacist: Claire Love

Pharmacy: Wheeler's Custom Compounding

City, State: Lexington, KY

How many years have you been practicing as a pharmacist?
24

What led you to a career in independent pharmacy?
My father, who owns and still operates Wheeler Pharmacy since 1958 inspired me to become a pharmacist, and since I’m so much like him, I also wanted to be in independent pharmacy.

What makes your pharmacy stand out from the competition?
I think we stand out from our competition in that we truly customize our compounds to meet the need of the patient, and will work with them and the prescriber to find the best possible solution.

What are your biggest challenges?
My biggest challenge is that every day there is something new to research and learn, such as a rare disease state, so that I can make good recommendations to the prescriber about what we may be able to compound to help with it. But learning new things every day is also one of the biggest rewards!

Describe a recent, rewarding experience with a patient
We recently had a woman come in to pick up a prescription for her cat. In the past, she had not had much success with giving her cat any medication (without a serious struggle) and was convinced ours would be no better. We talked her into trying it anyway. Several days later, she sent us a video of her cat running up to the dosing syringe and standing on his back legs, so excited to get his daily dose of medicine!

How has NCPA helped your business?
NCPA keeps me up to date on pharmacy practice trends and legislative affairs.