Hopewell Pharmacy in Hopewell Borough recently changed hands after 30 years, but the local institution’s mission remains the same: good service and connection to the community.
New owners Joann Hobson and Eric Jaderlund purchased the business on September 1, 2018, from Hobson’s uncle, Jim Palmieri,* who had operated the pharmacy since 1987.
“Jim is responsible for the legacy I’m trying to carry on here at Hopewell Pharmacy,” said Hobson.
Originally from Hamilton, Hobson now lives in Pennington. She attended Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science and graduated in 1991. It was Hopewell Pharmacy where she began her career as an intern pharmacy technician.
Jaderlund worked at the Hopewell Pharmacy for seven years but left in 2014 to work at several corporate pharmacies. He attended Rutgers College of Pharmacy and graduated in 1994. When the buyout opportunity for Hopewell Pharmacy was presented, he could knew he couldn’t miss out. A native of East Windsor, he lives in nearby Bridgewater.
“I’m really excited to be back in Hopewell co-owning and operating this independently owned pharmacy,” Jaderlund said.
Hobson said customers should expect them to uphold Hopewell Pharmacy’s excellent reputation and connection with its customers and doctors.
Hopewell Pharmacy is actually considered a “hybrid pharmacy” in that it also a compounding pharmacy, where the pharmacists are able to measure specific medicinal compounds and amounts. Compounding and shipment of compound medication comprise about half of the pharmacy’s business.
“One might need a compounding pharmacy to alter dosages when in between strengths, or to provide certain veterinary medications, some medications that cater to autism community, hormone replacement therapy medications, and ALS medication,” explained Jaderlund.
In addition to prescription medication, Hopewell Pharmacy sells over-the-counter medications, essential oils, CBD oil and products, and has its own vitamin line. Hobson also hinted that there may be nutritional testing available in the near future.
Regulars may have noticed that last year the pharmacy layout was remodeled.
“It was a big investment,” said Hobson. “We needed the floor space to create a special lab to minimize exposure to powders for particular medications. The facility is also equipped to meet new upcoming standards of sterile versus nonsterile compounding environments.”
Hopewell Pharmacy embraces and supports its community, as evidenced by the Pharmacy’s busy booth at this year’s Hopewell Harvest Fair.
“It was a great day and a wonderful event. It’s important to us to embrace the community and we were happy to be there this year,” said Hobson.
* Edited 10/22/18: Please note that the article indicated that there were two immediately prior owner however, the article has been edited to reflect the one owner at the time of purchase in 2018.