Hospic / assisted care

Anchor Drugs Pharmacy

For a terminally ill patient, personalized and individual care is essential.  Why is a compounding pharmacist essential for hospice care?  Hospice care requires making a patient as comfortable as possible, by relieving pain, by simplifying the intake of medication, and by managing the unique symptoms of each patient.  Symptoms for a hospice patient often include nausea, vomiting, constipation, diarrhea, bedsores, anxiety, and the most common of all… PAIN.  A compounding pharmacist can detail a specific routine of care for each patient, tailored to their specific needs.

In these days of giant conglomerate drug companies, medications have become standardized.  A compounding pharmacist can create modern drug combinations tailored to each patient’s needs, allowing the patient to live a normal life.  One way a compounding pharmacist can help is by altering dosages.  Medications can be formulated into transdermal gels, which can be absorbed into the body through the skin.   Medications can be formulated into a troche, similar to a lozenge, which is placed between the cheek and gum and slowly dispersed to the blood vessels under the tongue.   

Anchor Drugs Pharmacy

  • We specifically offer services to Long Term Care Facilities (i.e. Assisted Living Facilities) and Hospice.
  • The Advantages:
    • Receive personalized attention from the pharmacy staff
    • You will not have to wait a long time to talk to a pharmacist or technician
    • The pharmacy staff will follow up with the patient’s doctor for any questions you may have.


  • We provide multiple services that include bubble packing and delivery
    • Delivery:
      • We provide a twice a day delivery service Monday through Friday, and a daily delivery service on Saturday. We are closed on Sundays.
      • We deliver from Palo Alto to San Francisco.(Fees may apply)
    • Bubble Packing
      • Bubble Packing is a special service that we provide.
      • Bubble packing allows for easier administration for the patient or the staff members.
      • There are three bubble packing services that we provide:
        • Single Bubble Packs       
          • Unit dose medications (meaning each pill goes into a numbered slot) in a blister card
          • The single bubble packs are good because they allow staff easy accessibility to all the medications the patient needs.
        • Weekly Bubble Packs
          • This is for patients or staff that need more help managing the patient’s medications.
          • The pack will divide patients meds in a morning, noon, evening, and bedtime slots
          • The pharmacist will work with the facility to place the medications in the best slot to best benefit the patient.
        • Multi-Bubble Packs
          • They are a larger version of the single packs, but multiple medications can be fit into a pack.
          • If you have a small med room, this pack would be an advantage, because the patient’s meds could all fit in 1 or 2 packs, versus many small packs like the single packs.
        • Medisets
          • Another form of unit dosing medication, but comes in a container.
          • The advantage is that these can be stacked a little easier and do not take up as much space as the bubble packs; however they are limited to the size of the medication.
    • Status Reports
      • Every evening the pharmacist will fax over a report that lets the facility know which prescriptions have no more refills, which medications are on order for the next day, and which medications are too soon to refill.
    • MARs/CSMs
      • Every month the pharmacist will send out MARS to your facility (MARs = medication administration records)
      • CSMs (centrally stored medication records), if requested by the facility, can be provided with each delivery to let the facility know which medications have been processed that day for the patient.

Ph: 650.360.5358
Fax: 650.583.8408       
Email: anchorltc@gmail.com

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