Debra Edler R.Ph., FACA and Howard Stark R.Ph., FACA have partnered in this full-service retail pharmacy since 2004. Debra Edler, Stark Edler Apothecary’s current owner, has been the pharmacist-in-charge at the Quivira Medical Plaza pharmacy for over twenty years providing compounding and other services to her patients and physicians.  Howard Stark has specialized in compounding medication for patients since 1966 and in veterinary compounding for over twenty years.  Stark Edler Apothecary is a member of the American College of Veterinary Pharmacists (ACVP), the American College of Apothecaries (ACA), the International Academy of Compounding Pharmacists (IACP), the National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA) and the Kansas Pharmacists Association (KPhA).   Our state-of-the-art laboratory includes certified equipment and specially trained employees to compound safely and effectively.  Only the finest of chemicals are ordered from suppliers who are FDA registered and operate under current Good Manufacturing Practices.  These suppliers provide a Certificate of Analysis for each chemical to guarantee the quality and efficacy of our chemicals and compounds.

Stark Edler Apothecary’s team of knowledgeable pharmacists and technicians are here to provide the best pharmaceutical and compounding services for you, your children and your pets.

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History of the Apothecary

“Apothecarius” or “Apotheca” is Latin for a storehouse or repository.  In England, during the 13th century, an “apothecary” or “spicer” was the shopkeeper who sold non-perishable groceries, herbs, spices and wine.  By the sixteenth century apothecaries were well on their way to becoming as current day pharmacists, specializing more and more in the preparation and sale of medicine.  The evolution of the apothecary has varied in individual countries.  However, most began with the role of the physician, surgeon and apothecary being played by the same individual.  This was also true in America until the early 1800s when the apothecary began to cease practicing both pharmacy and medicine and physicians began learning more to write prescriptions rather than compound them.

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