Birmingham - Fred’s Pharmacy in Hamilton was recently recognized as a Patient Champion by the American Pharmacy Cooperative, Inc. (APCI).
Sandy Sandlin was the second of three generations to own the pharmacy, which his father opened in 1951 and his son, Cole Sandlin, now owns.
“We have been a part of this community for a long time and we have always prided ourselves on the relationship we have with our patients,” Sandy Sandlin said. “We will never take our patients’ trust for granted.”
Both Cole and Sandy are graduates of Hamilton High School and earned pharmacy degrees at Samford University. Cole Sandlin received the 2018 Excellence in Innovation Award from the Alabama Pharmacy Association and was voted Best Pharmacist in Marion County five years in a row.
Founded in 1984, APCI is the market leader in independent pharmacy associations and serves more than 1,800 members in 26 states.
APCI equips independent pharmacists with the professional education and tools they need to better serve their patients. The cooperative offers continuing education courses for pharmacists and pharmacy technicians, as well as training on technology advancements, operations trends and pharmacy techniques.
“Pharmacies like Fred’s Pharmacy are vital to our communities because independent, locally-owned pharmacies provide that personal, patient-focused care that no big-box chain can,” said Tim Hamrick, Chief Executive Director (CEO) of APCI.
“APCI is proud to offer the training, products and supportive services that community-based, local pharmacies need to ensure their patients receive the quality care they deserve.”