Schiller’s Pharmacy has a new owner, will provide the same neighborhood service |

Schiller’s Pharmacy has a new owner, will provide the same neighborhood service

JoAnne Klimovich Harrop
JoAnne Klimovich Harrop | Tribune-Review
Schiller’s Pharmacy has become Schiller’s Apothecary. The Shadyside business was purchased by Apotheco Pharmacy, based in New Jersey in April.
JoAnne Klimovich Harrop | Tribune-Review
Schiller’s Pharmacy in Shadyside has become Schiller’s Apothecary. The Shadyside business was purchased by Apotheco Pharmacy, based in New Jersey, in April. It will provide the same high-quality service says pharmacist manager Noel Abraham, (from right). He is pictured with (from right) Morgan Casal, pharmacy intern, Jennifer Dencler, pharmacy technician, Marlene Fochtman, pharmacist and Sarah Pharr, sales associate.

A Shadyside neighborhood pharmacy that’s been around for over 100 years will remain, with a slightly different name and some new products.

Schiller’s Pharmacy has become Schiller’s Apothecary. The business on the corner of South Aiken Avenue and Walnut Street was purchased in April by New Jersey-based Apotheco Pharmacy.

Over the next few months, it will remain open during renovations, Noel Abraham, pharmacist manager, told the Tribune-Review.

“We were looking to grow and Schiller’s had plenty of positive online reviews,” Abraham said. “It has an old-school feel, and we aren’t going to change that. People that come here really like the service they get. We have the best service. We know the customers.”

Abraham said he plans to keep most of the products the customers want and their prescriptions as well as introduce new products – many which are dermatology items. Apotheco specializes in dermatology lines. It’s a growing area because there are more and more skin problems.

According to the American Academy of Dermatology:

Acne is the most common skin condition in the U.S., affecting up to 50 million Americans annually.

  • One in 10 people will develop atopic dermatitis during their lifetime.
  • The most common cause of hair loss is hereditary thinning or baldness, also known as androgenetic alopecia.
  • Approximately 7.5 million people in the U.S. have psoriasis.
  • Rosacea is a common disease that affects 16 million Americans.
  • Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the United States.

Sometimes getting the medicine needed for these conditions is difficult, because they aren’t always covered by medical insurance, Abraham said.

“We will keep the products you can’t get other places,” he said. “We want to incorporate our store while still keeping the place the way customers know it and want it.”

Schiller’s delivers prescriptions for free to the surrounding area.

Pharmacist Marlene Fochtman and pharmacy technician Jennifer Dencler have 30 years combined experience. They both agree service is key for Schiller’s to have lasted over 100 years.

“We know everybody,” Fochtman. “And they know us. If they need something right away and we have it we will fill it for them. We won’t tell them to come back in a few hours or tomorrow.”

“We know about their families and what’s happening in their lives,” Dencler said. “Customer service is so important in a business like this.”

The pharmacy was established in 1903, according to its website. It became Schiller’s when the Schiller family purchased it in 1939. An original soda fountain is no longer there and it has been known as a store that carries, not only prescriptions, but also many brands of soaps, perfumes, hair brushes, creams and lotions.


JoAnne Klimovich Harrop is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact JoAnne at 724-853-5062, [email protected] or via Twitter .

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