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Nambe Drug Donates $1 For Each Flu Shot To Charity

on October 4, 2018 - 4:47am
Tom, Frances and Callen Lovett at their family business, Nambe Drug in Los Alamos. They also own a store in Santa Fe. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
It won't hurt a bit! Tom Lovett administers a flu shot. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
By BONNIE J. GORDON
Los Alamos Daily Post

The Lovett family opened Nambe Drug 3.5 years ago in Central Park Square, off Central Avenue in Los Alamos. They opened a branch six months later at 501 Old Pecos Trail in Santa Fe.

“Since Los Alamos and Santa Fe have been so good to us, we wanted to give back to the local communities,” Tom Lovett said.

Because their business is health-oriented, the Lovetts wanted to choose a project that promoted good health. They also wanted a project that would benefit youth. The Lovetts found the perfect mix with their ongoing service project. Each time a customer gets a flu shot at Nambe Drug, the store contributes $1 to a charity. The local charities for Los Alamos are The Food Depot and the Bradbury Science Museum Foundation. In Santa Fe, customers can choose between The Food Depot and Youth Works.

“All of these charities make the most of their dollars,” Tom’s son Callen said. “For example, The Food Depot can provide four meals for the $1 they’ll get from a donation.”

Tom and his wife Frances are both pharmacists. Callen came on board to handle marketing for the two locations. Callen has a degree in marketing and is currently at work on an MBA. He handles digital media and other forms of outreach.

In addition to being a full service pharmacy, Nambe Drug offers free delivery!

“We say that personal service is the best medicine,” Tom said. “We try to give that to every customer.”

Another unusual service at Nambe Drug is pet pharmaceuticals. For pets that hat to swallow pills, medications are available as trans-dermal gels to rub on. They also carry oral meds especially flavored to entice pets.

“We love animals,” Tom said. “We have three dogs and a cat. The vets here in Los Alamos have been great to work with.”

The store provides compound medications. Compounding pharmacies can produce unique dosage forms based on patient preferences and/or restrictions. Examples include dye-free, preservative-free, alcohol-free, and/or sugar-free forms of medications. Many compounds are specialized medication combinations or compounded in other forms that are not otherwise commercially available, like gels and suppositories.

In addition, the pharmacy provides vaccines, and not just for flu. They also offer vaccines for pneumonia and the new shingles vaccine, which is 94 percent effective. There’s a waiting list for the shingles vaccine and as Nambe Drug gets doses, they phone the customer.

More services include a mobile app to help clients synchronize medications and keep track of refills and they are happy to batch medications.

Tom has that special touch with needle-shy kids. Nambe Drug offers small gift items that can serve as a reward for bravery! They also offer greeting cards. Whatever your drugstore needs, the five employees in Los Alamos and the eight staffers in Santa Fe are ready to serve you, Tom said.

Nambe Drug in Los Alamos is open: 

  • Monday-Friday: 9 a.m.to 6 p.m.
  • Saturday: 9 a.m.to 1 p.m.
  • Sunday: Closed

In Santa Fe the store is open at 8:30 a.m. during the week. Otherwise, hours are the same. Call them in Los Alamos 505.661.9560 or in Santa Fe at 505.455.2256 Visit the Los Alamos or Santa Fe stores on Facebook or online at nambedrugs.com.

Flu vaccines will be available until they run out, usually in April. How often can you help yourself while helping others at the same time? Getting a flu shot at Nambe Drug fills the bill perfectly!

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