Bergen County still has several family-owned pharmacies — not part of a large chain network or mail-order prescription companies. Using an independent pharmacy offers several advantages:
Custom compounding: Some independent pharmacies in Bergen County are renowned for their compounding services, in which medications that are not available commercially can be custom made, for both humans and animals. Compounding is particularly helpful when your child prefers a particular flavor to help the medicine go down; if someone is allergic to an ingredient in a commercial medication; or if a medication must be kosher certified.
Home delivery: Offering delivery to your home is a valuable service when someone is ill or can’t drive. Some independent pharmacies even offer it for free.
Education: Independent pharmacists make sure you understand what medication you are taking and how to use it.
Close relationships: Independent pharmacy owners often live in town or nearby, and pride themselves on close relationships with their customers. They monitor patients for adverse effects and medication adherence. This relationship allows you to speak directly with a medication expert to assess and discuss specific drugs.
Specialized items and services: Some independent pharmacies offer organic over-the-counter medications, homeopathic and herbal remedies. Others have a large selection of medical equipment, including durable goods needed for the infirm, and breast pumps for nursing mothers.
Bergen County Independent Pharmacies
Cresskill Pharmacy, 2 Union Ave., 201-568-4737
Hudson Drug, 48 Union Ave., 201-567-2235
Buckley’s Drug Store, 35 E. Palisade Ave., 201-569-1345
Glen Rock Medical, 210 Rock Road, 201-444-3200
Rock Ridge Pharmacy, 191 Rock Road, 201-444-4190
J&J Pharmacy, 298 State St., 201-820-3360
Haworth Apothecary, 169 Terrace St., 201-384-7171
Ho-Ho-Kus Pharmacy, 622 N. Maple Ave., 201-444-2026
Town & Country Apothecary, 60 E. Ridgewood Ave., 201-652-0013
Town & Country Compounding, 106 Prospect St., 201-447-2020
J&J Pharmacy, 527 Cedar Lane, 201-836-7003
Lewis Drugs, 298 Westwood Ave., 201-824-2775
Miller’s Pharmacy, 678 Wyckoff Ave., 201-891-3333
Sicomac Pharmacy, 300 Sicomac Ave., 201-891-0822