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Mid-Valley Pharmacies Offer Down-Home Service

Rows of vitamins and supplements at Mid-Valley Pharmacy in Mercedes.

Hometown pharmacies in Mercedes mean featuring orange-and-white themes and a community’s love for high school football. At Mid-Valley Pharmacy, a Mercedes Tiger football helmet sits up high on a main counter. Around the corner at Coach’s Pharmacy on Texas Avenue, the pharmacist is a former football coach. He also wears something orange to work every day.  The down-home connections are especially pertinent these days. Customers throughout the Mid-Valley depend on…

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San Benito Pharmacy Recommits to Community

Smiles and great customer service are the rule of thumb at the Medicine Shoppe Pharmacy of San Benito. (Courtesy)

David Garza opened his San Benito pharmacy on April 1, 1980. That same day, his wife Dorothy gave birth to their first child.  It’s 40 years later and The Medicine Shoppe Pharmacy endures. The landmark anniversary has been met by a worldwide pandemic in the spring of 2020. The COVID-19 virus has put a dent in the longstanding community pharmacy. It perseveres, however, under the primary watch of a second…

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RGV Businesses Move Quickly To New Normal

Family Nurse Practitioner Michael Menchaca is at 100-percent telemedicine during the coronavirus crisis. (Courtesy)

Rio Grande Valley businesses, like those around the country, are dealing with disruptions and an upheaval in a way of life unlike anything experienced in our lifetimes.  Here’s a look at how three RGV businesses prepared for what they knew was coming and how they are doing in adapting to a new normal. Menchaca Family Clinic Michael Menchaca didn’t wait for any official announcements for Menchaca Family Clinic. The family…

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Prescription for Success

Adrian Cervantes parlayed the success of Mid-Valley Pharmacy into another business, RGV Hometown Pharmacy in Harlingen. (VBR)

Success pushed Mid-Valley Pharmacy to a new location in Mercedes this year. Robert Zamora, John Hinkle and Adrian Cervantes had purchased the pharmacy in 2004 Even when the pharmacists bought the business 14 years ago, the pharmacy building was small. “People were used to going there,” Cervantes said. “We struggled with the idea of changing locations, but we outgrew the space. We needed something better for us, for our employees…

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A Warrior for Good Health

Muniz Rio Grande Pharmacy owner Bobby Muniz in his Harlingen store. (VBR)

In 2015, Bobby Muniz was praying and holding on to hope as his wife prepared to give birth to their youngest child, Ariel. Some doctors did not give the baby girl much chance to survive long after birth, but she did, with surgeries soon to follow to bolster her health. The miracle and joy of his daughter’s birth inspired the Harlingen pharmacist and school board member to re-examine his work,…

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UTRGV Director Achieves Highest Certification

Dr. Lydia López Aguilera, director of the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley/UT Austin College of Pharmacy and clinical associate professor in the UTRGV Cooperative Pharmacy Program, has added another level of expertise with board certification in ambulatory care pharmacy from the National Board of Pharmacy Specialties. (photo by Paul Chouy, UTRGV)

Aguilera certified in ambulatory care pharmacy Director of the UTRGV/UT Austin Cooperative Pharmacy Program Dr. Lydia López Aguilera has achieved board certification in ambulatory care pharmacy from the National Board of Pharmacy Specialties. Board certification through the BPS is recognized as the highest standard for determining which pharmacists are qualified to contribute at advanced levels of practice. Board Certified Ambulatory Care Pharmacists focus primarily on the special needs of patients…

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UoH Satellite Pharmacy Program Opens

UoH satellite pharmacy program opens in Edinburg. (photo City of Edinburg)

Program serves College of Pharmacy Doctors Hospital at Renaissance and the University of Houston are opening a satellite pharmacy program for its College of Pharmacy in Edinburg. The program serves as a teaching site for the college’s Professional Pharmacy Hispanic Healthcare Certificate Program. The program will help close disparity gaps in health care in the Rio Grande Valley. Students will train in a team-based approach with medical students and students from…

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