Medicine Solutions Pharmacy Well Received in Manahawkin at New Location

Oct 24, 2018
Photo by: Jack Reynolds

Medicine Solutions Pharmacy is now open at its new location, 712 East Bay Ave. in Manahawkin. It offers services such as compounding – formulation of personalized medicines – that distinguishes it from its sister pharmacies, Kapler’s in Beach Haven and Medicine to Go in Forked River. The store also provides a large holistic selection, as well as specialty gifts and toys.

The grand opening celebration on Saturday, Oct. 27, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. invites everyone to stop in.

Samantha Kelly, owner/pharmacist with her husband, Tom, thanked a new customer as they walked out last week, then sat down to talk about the expansion.

The sunny entrance off the parking lot is flanked by two round, welcoming tables. Samples of Down The Shore Publishing’s books for sale were open on one table, and a puzzle of baby sea turtles looked up from the other. Still to come are a lottery machine, and a coffee machine that makes dozens of flavors. Customers are comfortable while they are waiting for their pharmacy order, or they can meet a friend for gift shopping.

At the open house, “we’ll have a couple hundred gift bags we’re going to be giving away, and we’re going to auction off our unicorn in the window,” Kelly listed. “We’re going to have prizes, music, cotton candy, hot dogs, popcorn for kids and adults, sales and freebies. I’m really getting excited.”

The full-size location in Manahawkin comes 15 years after the Kellys bought Kapler’s Pharmacy in Beach Haven. Dave DeCarlo, the former 17-year owner of Kapler’s, is now a pharmacist at Medicine Solutions.

The community-oriented pharmacy will link itself in new ways to the neighboring Hot or Not Yoga, also owned by Sam Kelly.

“We’re trying to make this a wellness center,” Kelly said. “My tagline is ‘Medicine Solutions Is Your Solution for Great Health.’ People can come and find stuff that keeps them healthy, keeps them from getting sick, rather than just coming in when you’re sick.”

“Balanced Medicine For Balanced Living” is another hallmark on the website,, where the list of medication services, home delivery, private consultation, refills through the website or the mobile app, and other services are detailed.

As a compounding pharmacy, Medicine Solutions still fills regular prescriptions, but also offers specialized compounding that is personal to the patient.

“We offer different forms of compounding for our patients to cater to a wide range of needs and allergies. From gluten-free to lozenges, we have the product and formulas needed for our patients to successfully take their medication,” the website summarizes.

Kelly, a third-generation pharmacist, added examples of compounded medicine: “bioidentical hormone replacement; we do a lot of the natural thyroids; pain creams that aren’t commercially available; a lot of pet medications that aren’t commercially available.”

“If somebody needs something gluten-free, sugar-free, dye-free, we can make something that’s so much better for them. If people are allergic to the base of a cream, we can put it in a nicer base.”

Ask them about the bioidentical hormone replacement; it can start with a saliva test at the pharmacy if the patient chooses that instead of a saliva or blood test by a doctor.

Few pharmacies are compounding pharmacies. The pharmacists trained and were certified through Professional Compounding Centers of America. Continuing education with PCCA keeps the professionals abreast of updates.

Medicine Solutions takes all major insurance plans, Kelly said.

The store’s products are hand-picked. On the shelves are all the expected needs, such as bandages and aspirin, but customers come in for the range of natural and homeopathic products.

“I lean very much toward the alternatives,” Kelly said of her choices. She is ordering a line of A4M products, dedicated to anti-aging. (The American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine (A4M) is dedicated to the advancement of healthcare technologies and transformations that can combat chronic diseases associated with aging.) “I shop around and see what works well, not super-expensive.”

The website is a source of health information as well. A Nutrient Depletion Chart lists what nutrients might be getting robbed in the body by commonly-taken drugs.

“Whether you occasionally take a pharmaceutical like an antibiotic, or count on a drug long-term such as a cholesterol health lowering statin, your need for specific nutrients increases,” explained the pharmacists. “You must be aware that many prescriptions, as well as commonly used over-the-counter drugs, cause potentially serious nutrient depletions.

“For your convenience, we here at Kapler's Pharmacy have devised a Drug-Induced Nutrient Depletion Chart with a list of drugs and non-prescription medications and the nutrients they deplete. This in turn will give you an idea of the nutrients your body needs, which can be found in our high-quality supplements.”

Last, but not least in this enlightening store, are the nature-conscious, the stimulating, the nostalgic, the novel gifts, for all ages from babies to the young-at-heart.

One of the displays that customers will notice is a complete line of Down The Shore books, making Medicine Solutions the only bookseller on the nearby mainland carrying LBI and local books.

Shoppers will be able to pick up a Down The Shore LBI Calendar, local holiday cards, beachy gift books by Sandy Gingras or a Barnegat Light video.

A  book signing of Down The Shore’s latest publication, Long Beach Island Chronicles, is part of the Oct. 27 grand opening. Editor Margaret Thomas Buchholz will be chatting with locals and new residents and signing copies of the book from 11 a.m. until at least 1 p.m.

Medicine Solutions can be reached by phone at 609-994-3588. Hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. It’s closed on Sunday.

— Maria Scandale

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