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Guardian Pharmacy launches in St. Louis

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Guardian Pharmacy of Missouri LLC launched in St. Louis shortly after expanding in Springfield.

The Springfield-based provider of medicine for long-term care facilities this morning announced a new 6,500-square-foot pharmacy in St. Louis, according to a news release.

“With this new location, Guardian Pharmacy of Missouri can double its commitment, providing services to communities in need throughout the entire Missouri market,” said Angel Mayberry, director of sales who oversees St. Louis operations with Dawn Carey, pharmacist-in-charge, in the release.

Through the seven-employee St. Louis pharmacy, which opened for business Jan. 14, Guardian Pharmacy of Missouri added 12 communities and more than 1,000 residents. Springfield Business Journal reported in November the company worked with about 60 assisted living homes and 3,000 residents with a service area encompassing St. Louis, Columbia, Joplin and parts of Arkansas.

“We are excited about our expansion and future opportunities with this new location in a rapidly changing LTC environment,” Greater Pharmacy of Missouri President Michael Counts said in the release.

The St. Louis location also houses new automation services and an education center for in-serving and nursing instruction courses.

In Springfield, Guardian Pharmacy of Missouri invested around $1 million on equipment and renovations of its new facility at 2107 E. Rockhurst St., Ste. C — moving from the building next door. The relocation tripled the company’s square footage to 15,000, according to past SBJ reporting.

Counts previously declined to disclose company revenue, but said Guardian Pharmacy of Missouri’s sales typically rise annually by 12-15 percent.

Guardian started off as Uvanta Pharmacy of Southern Missouri about 10 years ago, and two years ago, Georgia-based Guardian Pharmacy purchased Counts’ father Jerry’s shares of the company for an undisclosed amount.

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