A group made up of six different pharmacies partnered with the Department of Health over the past week to administer COVID-19 vaccines to residents and employees at licensed care homes on Oahu.
Their belief is everyone who wants a shot should be able to get one within the next three weeks. That population includes more than 11,000 seniors and care givers at about 1,700 locations. To get the job done, they're making house calls.
Pharmacist Reece Uyeno says they hope to vaccinate about 130 people per day. Home care operators are contacted by the health department, then employees from companies like Pharmacare Hawaii are sent out. They knock-on-doors in Ewa Beach, Mililani and Waianae.
"We have two to three teams of two everyday, giving shots to patients," Uyeno said. "They're busy. They're doing about 10 homes each. The other pharmacies have multiple teams as well."
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By Mahealani Richardson | January 27, 2021 at 5:29 PM HST - Updated January 28 at 6:50 AM
HONOLULU, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) - As part of a new state program, pharmacists and nurses are going directly to small residential care and foster homes to vaccinate fragile and isolated kupuna.
Among those who got the shot Wednesday: 82-year-old Patricia Souza, who lives in an Ewa Beach foster home. “I was lucky that I got to do it,” she said.
“I’m hoping that it gives me a lot of power.”
For many in the residential care home community, life during the pandemic has been about living shut in because of fear of the deadly virus.
“This is a big relief. We feel like there’s a little sunshine beyond this. Instead of being caught literally we are trapped,” said Ricky Mericle, the owner of the foster home where Souza and two other patients live.
The new partnership between the state and independent pharmacist kicked off last week.
“Every day we are...more
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BREAST PUMPS FOR BREAST CANCER KICKS OFF IN OCTOBER
Honolulu, Hawaii (October 2020) – Pharmacare Hawaii, a locally owned third-generation pharmacy that dates back to 1927 in Hawaii is launching their Breast Pumps for Breast Cancer campaign – a fundraiser for the Susan G. Komen Hawaii organization. For the month of October, Pharmacare will be donating $10 to the Susan G. Komen Hawaii for each breast pump they dispense to their patients.
Pharmacare has continued to support Susan G. Komen Hawaii, because of the vital support they provide through breast health services and research. Women who are pregnant may receive a free breast pump with most insurances. Pharmacare carries two of the most popular breast pump brands Spectra and Medela, which also includes free home delivery.
One in eight women will develop breast cancer in their lifetime. Many women become much more aware of their breast health while breast feeding, including how they can reduce the risk of breast cancer and things to...more
On August 14, 2020, Pharmacare Hawaii's President and CEO Byron Yoshino joins Living808 for Hurricane Awareness week with important tips to remember during this storm season.more
Honolulu, Hawaii (August 2020) – Pharmacare Hawaii, a locally owned third-generation pharmacy that dates back to 1927 in Hawaii, has recently been recognized for its excellence in the community. In August, Pharmacare received the 2020 Hawaii’s Best Drugstore/Pharmacy recognition for the third consecutive year and Hawaii Business Top 250 company award since 2009.
In July, their Specialty Pharmacy received its first accreditation from URAC, a Washington, DC-based health care organization that establishes quality standards for the entire health care industry. Pharmacare also continues to be accredited by The Compliance Team, the only national health care accreditation organization authorized by the Secretary of Health and Human Services to confer Medicare-approved Exemplary Provider accredited status.
“These acknowledgments validate our years of demonstrating quality pharmacy services to our patients and physicians who trust Pharmacare,” said Byron Yoshino, President & CEO of...more
Honolulu, Hawaii (July 2020) – Pharmacare Hawaii, a locally owned third-generation pharmacy that dates back to 1927 in Hawaii, has been awarded Specialty Pharmacy accreditation from URAC, a Washington, DC-based health care organization that establishes quality standards for the entire health care industry.
With this prestigious accreditation, Pharmacare will continue to service patients and physicians with the highest standards and safety. Typically, a company is surveyed by an impartial URAC staff determining if the URAC standards are met or exceeded. These includes standards for quality improvement, quality control, sterility, clinical competency and patient safety.
“This accreditation validates our years of demonstrating quality pharmacy services to our patients and physicians who trust Pharmacare,” said Byron Yoshino, President & CEO of Pharmacare. “As a local Specialty Pharmacy, we are accountable and dedicated to all the people in our community who choose Pharmacare for their specialty medication.”
On Monday April 6, 2020, Pharmacare Hawaii appeared on Hawaii News Now's HI Now Daily in partnership with HMAA's Baby & Me maternity program.
All HMAA members who join HMAA's maternity program will receive complimentary pumping accessories with their breast pump of choice from Pharmacare.
For more information about HMAA's Baby & Me Incentives, visit https://www.hmaa.com/wellness/baby-and-me-incentives/more
Beginning August 1, HMAA will be partnering with Pharmacare Hawaii, as its preferred pharmacy for dispensing breast pumps to HMAA members. Pharmacare’s goal of making it easy for expecting moms to receive their breast pump aligns with HMAA’s free and innovative maternity incentive program named Baby & Me where participation is voluntary and at no cost for HMAA members.
One breast pump is covered per pregnancy under their HMAA medical plan regardless of the member’s participation in the Baby & Me program. HMAA members may enroll in Baby & Me in the weeks 1 – 20 of their pregnancy. HMAA’s team will determine the appropriate care for each of their participants pairing them with a maternity program nurse for support by phone to work in tandem with their physician and not as a replacement. Pharmacare will work closely with HMAA on when expecting moms will receive their new breast pump and other incentives of the program.more
We are excited to be part of Hawaii's Best for the second year in a row! Check out our interview with Olena Heu and how we continue to stay ahead of the game.more
For more information, visit or call one of our pharmacies below:
- Pharmacare at Aiea Medical Pharmacy: 840-5680
- Pharmacare at Pali Momi Medical Center: 840-5660
- Pharmacare at Straub Medical Center: 840-5640
- Pharmacare at St. Francis Liliha: 840-5620
- Pharmacare at Tamura Super Market: 628-2800
January 26, 2019
On Saturday, January 26, Pharmacare Hawai'i supported the St. Francis Healthcare System of Hawaii's St. Marianne Cope Walk at Ala Moana Beach Park. The successful three-mile walk had about 1000 walkers and raised over $163,000 for their upcoming Kupuna village at their Liliha campus.
August 8, 2018
Karie Terada has been promoted to Assistant Director of Pharmacy Operations at Pharmacare Hawai'i. Previously, she was a pharmacist at Longs Drug Stores, before moving over to CVS Specialty Pharmacy in 2006.
Leslie DeJesus brings more than 18 years of industry experience, and also is a certified pharmacy technician. She was previously responsible for supervising CVS Specialty's intake in the state.more
December 13, 2017
We are honored to be featured in today's Midweek Publication's Central Oahu Voice! The story features our new curbside pickup service at Pharmacare Hawai`i, located at Pali Momi Medical Center, which makes picking up your meds quick, easy and convenient.
Visit this link to read the full story.more
August 30, 2017
After generations of providing specialty pharmacy services, Pharmacare Hawaii still has the best interests of local families at heart. In celebration of Pharmacare's 90 years in service, we had the opportunity to be featured in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser paper.
We'd like to give a big Mahalo to all of our supporters who made this feature possible, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser for the special recognition, and last but not least, our employees for always having the best interests of local families at heart and for truly providing care done right.
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April 7, 2017
This year is an important milestone for all of the Pharmacare Hawaii ‘ohana. On September 16, 1959, Naonobu Yoshino and Richard Yoshino, the grandfather and father of our President & CEO Byron Yoshino, and others established Value Drug, Ltd. It was a major step forward for the company that had originally began 90 years ago as Yoshino Drug Store at the corner of King and Kaheka Streets in April 1927.
Hawaii had just become a State a month earlier, and Value Drug was committed to meeting the evolving pharmaceutical needs of our islands. The entrepreneurial spirit present from the early days of the company has been a part of the company’s DNA ever since and continues to propel the company forward.
Decades of Significant Growth and Expansion
Pharmacare Hawaii has experienced several significant developments over the past decades. Pharmacare earned the distinction of becoming the first company in Hawaii to expand into home infusion services in 1983, providing patients IV treatment outside of...more
February 2, 2017
The Queen's Medical Center-West Oahu has partnered with Pharmacare Hawaii to implement BedMed, a bedside delivery program that helps patients adhere to medications schedules and prevents hospital readmissions.
To read our story in the February 2017 issue of Midweek's West Oahu Voice, click here.more
June 15, 2016
The primary role of a pharmacy has been to dispense medication in accordance with a prescription and ensure accurate delivery of those meds to their patients. Today, the core of pharmacy still exists, but more complex changes are affecting the landscape of health care.
Click here to read Brandy Shima's, director of community and long-term care services, interview with MidWeek on how Pharmacare has adapted to the necessary increase in collaborative care.more
April 30, 2016
For many individuals, taking care of your body means taking a trip to the pharmacy. Our Presidents & CEO, Byron Yoshino, was featured on KITV's Aging Well segment where he shared his recommendations on questions and requests individuals may inquire about when visiting their pharmacist.
View the clip from the segment here.more