2018 Progress Edition
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Mac’s Medicine Mart
Mac’s Medicine Mart, a staple in the community since 1989, has a full-time pharmacy with compounding, essential oils, natural foods, eldercare products, durable medical equipment, natural supplements, gifts and specialty items. Their Pharmacists are Barry Walton, Kevin Smith, Nikki McDavid and Al Gilliam. We asked Mac’s president, Barry Walton a few questions about the business.
How did you get started in this business? After my senior year in high school, I went to work at Berry’s Pharmacy and really enjoyed taking care of people. I planned on being an attorney and actually graduated from UT-Knoxville with a degree in political science, but changed my mind and became a pharmacist. I’m very happy I did so. I joined the team at Mac’s in 2005 and continue to take care of people today!
Why are you located where you are? Mac’s Medicine Mart found our permanent home on East Center street after being located just down the street in the old Kroger building. That building was sold to Mafair United Methodist Church. Phillip McManus, our founder along with his wife Barbara, had the foresight to buy the lot 2 doors down a few years earlier. We were able to build on that site and are so thankful because we have established ourselves in this neighborhood and didn’t want to leave. It made for an easy convenient move, as well as allowing us to expand our offerings and care better for our patients.
Whether you are looking for natural remedies or diabetic supplies, one of Mac’s Medicine Mart’s team members have you covered. Our compounding pharmacists can also formulate medicines for better dosage, form and administration. Our customers are from all walks of life and many are looking for solutions to their elder care problems. Our customers are loyal and long term and we always welcome newbies!
Mac’s Medicine Mart continues to work with the biggest issues in the healthcare industry, which are state and federal governmental regulation, insurance, and pharmacy benefit managers. The requirements can be frustrating. “The laws of unintended consequences” can have unforeseen effects and limits our ability to affect good patient care and handle our patient’s insurance. And some insurance plans won’t offer contracts for certain networks which can be very frustrating and interferes with the pharmacist/patient relationship which has been built over years if not decades.
Get personalized prescriptions with the help of a reputable compounding pharmacy. Turn to the licensed pharmacists at Mac’s Medicine Mart in Kingsport, TN. Mac’s is known for our dedication to improving health by providing customized medication for the patient’s specific needs. We are conveniently located at the intersection of Center Street and Fort Henry Drive, and open to serve you seven days a week with medications for your unique medical needs. Stop in and say Hi. Many people in healthcare know, when an item is hard to find…. Make Tracks to Mac’s!