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Blue Bottle Pharmacy the Home Base for Inner City Health in Calgary
Back when Mark Percy was working in hospital pharmacies. Practicing in clinical areas of internal medicine… You know, medical teaching units in complex care lol. Mark noticed significant “gaps in care…” Meaning, he also saw an opportunity for his pharmaceutical skills to be put to good use.
A PHARMACY DREAM WAS BORN
“I really wanted to do some outreach in the inner city. But, I needed a home base,” he says. In searching for this ideal “home base.” Mark eventually set on purchasing Blue Bottle Pharmacy. With a group of fellow independent pharmacists, Mint Health and Drugs, back in May of 2014. Blue Bottle had already been in business for many years. Born in the community of Renfrew. So, thankfully the pharmacy was already well established.
“We are very much a community pharmacy.” Mark says and his work largely consists of off-site clinical programs. Meaning, lots of collaborating with area doctors and specialists.
For the past three years, Mark is especially proud of his work with The Alex. A facility committed to breaking down social and access barriers between low-income Calgarians and the healthcare they need.
“I see patients for complex medication management, dose adjustments and titrations. As well as providing support for patients afflicted with chronic pain. The doctors at The Alex focus on diagnosis and social needs with a multidisciplinary team. Following, they refer patients who are having difficulties managing chronic illnesses like diabetes, anxiety and pain to me, for further assistance.”
The Sunrise Native Addictions Services Society is another initiative that Mark is involved with. Helping those patients through detox and addiction, mental health diagnoses, and underlying chronic medical conditions that may have been neglected. All while the patient was deep into their addiction.
As Percy explains, people in the inner city are often “bouncing around” between different family doctors and pharmacies. “I wanted to give them a stable and consistent home base where the Pharmacist knows them in and out. But also, the patient knows we’re here to help them.”
HOW DOES BLUE BOTTLE RELATE TO LOWEN’S?
Mark first became familiar with Chad Zelensky and Lowen’s through mutual friends in the Pharmacy community (which is pretty tight knit). The rest is history and Blue Bottle Pharmacy carries a wide selection of Lowen’s products. The reasons are many, as Mark believes in supporting fellow small businesses and the fact that Lowen’s products really work, are safe and are formulated by a Pharmacist make it easy to recommend them to his clientele.
“I only want to carry products I believe in,” he says. We invite you to pop by Blue Bottle Pharmacy and say hi!
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