Eric’s Pharmacy is celebrating its 16th year in business.

Eric Winegardner is owner of the pharmacy, which in 2009, moved into its present location at 3306 N. Kickapoo in Shawnee. Winegardner says he and his staff enjoy the opportunity to serve the Shawnee community.


Eric’s Pharmacy is celebrating its 16th year in business.
Eric Winegardner is owner of the pharmacy, which in 2009, moved into its present location at 3306 N. Kickapoo in Shawnee. Winegardner says he and his staff enjoy the opportunity to serve the Shawnee community.
He points out their new lo- cation offers two convenient drive – thru windows and space to accommodate their growing business. “We still offer free delivery,” states Winegardner. “We feel like we do a great job!”
Eric’s Pharmacy now employs four pharmacists, most recently a full-time compounding pharmacist Beverly Smith. He says com- pounding is one of the unique services Eric’s Pharmacy offers. “Compounding is the art of preparing medications to the exact specifications of the prescriber,” he said. He added that with compounding, the unique needs of the patient are considered in the creation of the medication not commercially available to the public. Strength, fla- vor and dosage forms are all taken into contemplation.
Born in Toledo, Ohio, Winegardner came to Oklahoma to attend college in 1987. He graduated from The University of Oklahoma’s College of Pharmacy in 1992 and came to Shawnee to work for Tim Barrick at Shawnee Regional Pharmacy.
“I liked medicine and business – pharmacy was a good match between the two of them,” he said. “I get to practice medicine and still be in the business world.” Shortly after coming to Shawnee, Winegardner decided he would like to go into business
for himself. After working at another local pharmacy for about a year, Winegardner achieved his goal and opened Eric’s Pharmacy in 1995.
Winegardner now lives in Tecumseh with his wife of 20 years, Demita, and their three children Sean, Brooke, and Jill. Sean, 15, plays foot- ball at Shawnee High School and the girls, 13 and 9, are active in dance.
The 16th anniversary celebration is this week, begin- ning Monday, and closing out the weeklong festivities with a Customer Appreciation Day March 4 which will include cookies, coffee and fun.