Pill Box Story
The First Pill Box in Pembroke Pines – April 30, 1985 – Original Store It was a snowy April day in 1982 when Steve Pressman left New York – with pharmacy degree in hand – for sunnier skies in South Florida. It wasn’t long before Pressman opened the first Pill Box in Pembroke Pines on April 30, 1985, his 27th birthday. Offering the ultimate customer service and a wide selection of goods as well as making his store a fun place just to visit was Pressman’s goal. Now with four stores Pressman and his partners Wayne Linder, at Pill Box in Weston, Barbara Sammarco, at Pill Box Pines West, and Tom Bohan, at Pill Box Davie, have held onto the idea of precision pharmacy services coupled with outstanding customer service. Unlike the big chains, Pill Box is independent and is able to focus on what matters most to its customers. This is a place where friendly is the norm and a person, not a machine, always answers the phone. At the same time, Pill Box has a state-of-the-art compounding laboratory, offering customers access to hard to find medications. The same holds true for their medical supply department. Customers frequently comment that “they have everything.”
Pressman’s original Pill Box is a mix of old time service offered by highly trained pharmacists in a setting that is difficult to comprehend without a visit. Murals adorn the walls, and there are fish tanks and talking pirates, a pharmacy museum with a life like dummy, celebrity pictures and trains that circle the ceiling over a selection of goods more than 200,000 strong. So if you’re looking for something, chances are Pill Box has it, and if they don’t, they will get it or find it for you. The compounding staff is trained by Professional Compounding Centers of America, an organization that sets standards for compounding pharmacies. “Pill Box offers flavoring of medications so kids, adults and your pets will like them better,” says Pressman. It also has an Ostomy & Mastectomy Department and sleep apnea equipment as well as medical equipment rental, sales and repairs, including breast pumps and lift chairs.
“Most people who undergo surgical procedures such as breast augmentation, liposuction, abdominal surgery, facial surgery and more find that sleeping in a lift chair is much more comfortable than sleeping in a bed,” said Pressman. One of Pill Box’s secret weapons is Pressman’s wife, Angela, who holds a doctorate in pharmacy degree and offers anti-aging counseling as well as hormonal balance counseling. She also works with physicians, teaching them how to prescribe hormone-related products, helping men and women with such issues as low libido, testosterone levels, vaginal dryness and menopause. The stores carry many wellness products such as specialty vitamins and supplements for weight loss, cleansing, greater energy and insomnia. The bottom line, says Steve Pressman, is that Pill Box is about top notch service provided by highly skilled pharmacists and staff in a friendly environment. But beyond that, Pill Box, Pressman and his partners and dedicated staff have a decade’s long commitment to giving back to the community through charitable donations and service. Steve Pressman has a long list of accomplishments and awards and was most recently named Police Athletic League Man of the Year and was also awarded the Pinnacle Award from the Miramar Pembroke Pines Chamber of Commerce and most recently – received Key to the City from Pembroke Pines Mayor Frank Ortis.