A locally-owned family pharmacy where patients can place their trust and confidence in pharmaceutical professionals is what pharmacist Louie Smith wanted to establish when he opened Louie's Family Pharmacy in Hernando.
Smith is a native of Hernando and a 1983 graduate of Hernando High School.
"It's in the heart of the city," said Smith, who opened Louie's Family Pharmacy on U.S. Hwy. 51, two blocks north of the busy town square. "I've been a pharmacist for 28 years," added Smith. "I've always worked for somebody else. I worked for Walgreens for 24 years. I worked at Super D for about a year. If I wanted to work as hard as I do, I wanted to work for myself and be successful." Smith also worked for Fred's Pharmacy for many years.
Smith, who received his degree in pharmacology from the University of Mississippi, said being able to deliver quality, professional pharmaceutical service to his customers is his goal.
"So far, I've had a pretty good response," Smith said. "I think we are ahead of the game as pharmacies go. We are taught at pharmacy school that it can take up to five years to be successful."
Smith remodeled the drugstore to include a gift item area, along with a full line of pharmaceuticals and a varied selection of medical and pharmaceutical supplies.
"We offer prescription counseling and are able to provide professional advice," Smith said. "We also offer home delivery free for 10 miles out."
Smith said that's a convenience for many patients and customers, such as the mother of a colicky baby who can't leave home.
"It's a family-owned business — we try to have the personal touch," Smith said. "We do shots such as influenza and shingles vaccines and I'm starting to do compounds."
Smith also has concocted a home remedy cough syrup that has patients literally standing at his counter and asking for more.
"It's called Louie's Cough Assassin," said Smith. "It's a 12-hour cough syrup for runny noses and someone who has cold and flu symptoms. "We had a patient who came in and about five days later, she came in and wanted more. She bought another bottle."
Smith said the pharmacy offers a full range of cough and cold medicines that are competitive with larger chain drugstores along with a dollar section.
There is also a school supplies section, home health material and an orthopedic section which includes highly-specialized items such as Mueller Sports braces.
There is also a small gift section with plans to offer gift wrapping at Christmastime.
Additionally, the pharmacy offers baby care, pain relief and digestive health aids and items.
"We want to be your family pharmacy," said Smith, whose own family assists him in the running of the family business.
Wife Leigh Smith, daughters Isabella, Emilia and Mallory Mayhall along with family friend Whitney Wadsworth comprise a team effort to bring the most professional, friendly pharmaceutical service available in the Mid-South.
Robert Lee Long is Community Editor of the DeSoto Times-Tribune. He may be contacted at email@example.com or at 662-429-6397, Ext. 252.