THEN AND NOW
Shortly after Canada’s Confederation in 1867, provinces began to pass
Pharmacy Acts to grant self-regulation to druggists, as members of the
profession were known at the time. Through the years druggists achieved
the same trusted professional status that doctors and lawyers had in
In the 1890s local independent drug stores began facing competition
from department stores selling pharmaceuticals. In the 1930s the
competition came primarily from chain-owned drug businesses. Independent
pharmacy owners decided to join forces and work co-operatively to ensure
they could continue to provide reliable, professional services to their
Advances in technology greatly improved pharmacy services, but proved
costly for the independent pharmacist operating his or her own business.
By joining a co-operative network, independent pharmacists could better
afford the state-of-the-art technologies that helped them improve
service to their customers.
The Independent Druggists’ Association, or I.D.A., was formed in 1933
had 150 members within the year. Among the many benefits the new brand
gave to its member pharmacists was the ability to offer quality private
label products to their customers at lower prices than those of name
In the late 1800s and 1900s, pharmacies such as Cockburn Bros.
displayed the sales and specials of the day in their windows, but the
most prominent window feature was the central globe filled with coloured
liquid. Visit the Apothecary Museum at Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario to
learn more about this practice and view the display.
From the beginning, your local independent pharmacist has proudly
offered a wide variety of brand name health and beauty products in
addition to quality pharmaceutical supplies, with trained staff members
always ready to answer your questions about the products you use or new
products on the market.
For many years apothecary jars of basic pharmaceutical and herbal
ingredients were familiar elements of pharmacy decor. Pharmacy practice
required the pharmacist to spend a great deal of time making-or
compounding-prescription medicines, over-counter ointments and other
preparations including cosmetic creams.
Cosmetic preparations for enhancing beauty have been popular for
centuries. Your community independent pharmacy has always been a source
for popular brand name cosmetics, beauty aids, and skin care, many
offering a wide range of products from foot care creams to fragrances.
Curious George TM was created in 1941 by Margaret and Hans Rey. For
more than 60 years children have improved their reading skills as they
follow the adventures of this inquisitive little monkey and hid his
friends. During that time Curious George TM has also entertained
children and adults alike.
As Canada celebrated its Centennial in 1967, independent pharmacists
joined the patriotic of the day right down to special celebration sales.
The Centennial a-GO-GO sale featured amazing low prices on everyday name
brand products, often incorporating a 67c theme.
The new Independent Druggists’ Association, or I.D.A., celebrated its
grand opening sale in 1933 I.D.A. member Maltby Pharmacy on St. Clair
Avenue West in Toronto advertised the sale its front windows, including
Pond’s Cream at 34c Buckley’s Mixture Cough Syrup at 75c, terrific deals
in thief day.
Pharmacists have traditionally ranked among the professionals most
trusted by Canadian consumers. Pharmacists have always undergone
intensive professional training throughout their careers to update their
skills and find ways to increase the amount of time and assistance they
offer to their patients.
Compounding, the practice of preparing medications, dates back
centuries, and had has included ingredients that are used rarely or not
at all. Changes in health care and the Industrial Revolution both had a
profound effect on the role of the pharmacist, as did medical advances.
With the advent of manufacturing during the 1959s and 1960s, the need
for compounding decreased, significantly altering the role of the
Pharmacists remain trusted members of their communities, and their role
has evolved beyond the preparation and dispensing of medicines to
include counseling on potential drug interactions, appropriate use of
medications, and overall healthy lifestyle choices.
As a result of this co-operative spirit, many independent pharmacies
across Canada have celebrated their 50th, 75th and even 100tn
anniversaries, and many more look forward to dong the same in the
company of the local families whom they have served for generations.
The PharmAssistTM network provides independent pharmacists with access
to the latest in technology that frees up time for your pharmacist, who
now has even more time to spend with you. PharmAssistTM technology also
includes an interactive Web site. You can check out the public version
of the site at HYPERLINK “http://www.phatmassist.ca”
I.D.A. products are now produced under the CertifiedTM brand, and still
deliver competitive prices on quality products for all of your family’s
health and beauty needs. The PharmAssistTM I.D.A. network continues to
expand the number of products available under the CertifiedTM brand –
100% quality guaranteed.
Cockburn Bros. I.D.A. is known as Cockburn’s Corner Drug Store, as it
stands today in St. Andrews, NB. This newer version is designed to
reflect the pharmacy’s long history in town. Your own local I.D.A.
pharmacy is a member of the PharmAssistTM network, celebrating 100
years of independent pharmacy in Canada.
Fs consumers become increasingly concerned about health, product
selection at your increasingly concerned about health, product selection
at your local independent pharmacy has expanded to include vitamins and
nutritional supplements to further assist you in leading a healthy
lifestyle. Ask your PharmAssistTM pharmacist about the ways in which
these products may improve your health and wellness.
The number and types of medications now available have increased
dramatically, and most are mass-produced by companies around the world.
Your PharmAssistTM pharmacist can access information and training on new
medications and therapies through PharmAssistTM technology, leaving more
time for you and your pharmacist to discuss your family’s health care
Mass production and new research have led to the development of
thousands of cosmetic preparations. Through the PharmAssistTM network,
your independent pharmacy has access to everyday low pricing on the
latest products and trends in cosmetics as well as the reliable quality
brands your family has used for generations.
Your PharmAssistTM pharmacist has access to a wide variety of Curious
George items through an exclusive agreement with Universal Studios.
These include the Curious GeorgeTM children’s Health Centre with
brochures about chidren’s health issues, Curious GeorgeTM children’s
products and the Curious GeorgeTM mascot for community events.
Your PharmAssistTM pharmacy continues the tradition of special low
pricing through promotions such as the $ 10-million Win-Win Event in
2002, which celebrated 100 years of independent pharmacy with lower
everyday prices, special bonus items and a scratch-and-win contest where
every customer who scratched a card was a winner.
Crand openings are still a big tradition at PharmAssistTM I.D.A.
pharmacies, and the whole community is invited to the celebration. Grand
opening sales feature terrific prices on special items and low everyday
prices throughout the store even after the ribbons and balloons have
Today’s consumers have access to a wider variety of medicines than ever
before, and the number of people who will require medication and
mobility assistance products continues to grow as the population ages.
Your PharmAssistTM pharmacist offers professional, experienced personal
counseling and products for all of your family’s health care needs.
Medical treatments have changed a great deal over the years as the
practice evolves alongside new medical research, and the important role
your pharmacist plays in your health care also continues to evolve. Your
independent pharmacist stays in touch with your doctor to discuss
possible drug interactions, and to monitor and help you maintain your
good health. Ask your PharmAssistTM pharmacies about a medication