Hall of Fame Induction!

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The founders of Lehan Drugs, brothers Jim Lehan, Sr. and Emory Lehan are both set to be inducted as inaugural members of the DeKalb Chamber of Commerce Hall of Fame.  As the great grandson of James and the great-great nephew of Emory, it is amazing to hear the stories and see the pictures of the business they created in Lehan Drugs more than 60 years ago (http://www.lehandrugs.com/about/history.html).  They laid the foundation for what Lehan Drugs has been able to accomplish over that time and all of us here are honored to see them inducted.

Jim Sr. served the DeKalb Community for over 30 years and throughout his professional life, he was always very active in helping to promote the downtown DeKalb area.  Under his leadership, during the 1950’s and 60’s Lehan Drugs was the meeting place of the community with daily customer counts over 1000 people. With a food counter and soda fountain, Lehan Drugs was one of the most popular eating destinations in DeKalb, not to mention a busy pharmacy. His customers loved him and his commitment to customer service is still our trademark today.

Emory also served the DeKalb Community for the majority of his adult life.  After serving his country in the United States Army he joined his brother in opening Lehan Drugs in downtown DeKalb. Emory was a consummate businessman and entrepreneur and was extremely active in the running of Lehan Drugs. He could often be found in the store office going over figures and handing out notes to employees for projects he wanted accomplished. Emory was also instrumental in opening Kampus Korner on the campus of NIU, a state of the art 2 floor business that catered to the NIU students. He was also on the Chamber of Commerce Board of directors and served as its president.

Although they are no longer with us, we hope that both of them would be proud of the business that we run today.


Lehan Drugs has been named a finalist for Business of the Year!

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We are pleased to announce that Lehan Drugs has been named a finalist for the DeKalb Chamber of Commerce Business of the Year Award!  This is truly an honor and all of us here are humbled by the recognition.  A big thank you goes out to all of our patients – you all make an award like this possible! 

The winner of the 2009 Business of the Year will be announced at the Annual Celebration Dinner held on Thursday, February 4th, 2010 at the Egyptian Theatre. The event will begin at 5pm with a Cocktail/Social hour, followed by dinner at 6pm, and the evening’s program will start at approximately 7pm.

The other nominees are:


Best Buy

North Central Cyclery 


Again, we are honored by this recognition and look forward to continuing to serve our community and patients each and every day!

Tylenol® brand recall

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Some lots of Tylenol, Motrin, Rolaids, Simply Sleep, St. Joseph Aspirin® brands have recently been recalled. 

Check your medicine cabinet to make sure you don’t have one of the affected lots….apparently they have been recalled due to a nauseating smell emanating from the bottle when opened.  Click the links below for more information, or call their Customer Care Center at 1-888-222-6036.


How we got Grandpa out of retirement….

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Jon and Grandpa Compounding

Jon and Grandpa Compounding in Houston

Back in July, my grandpa Jim and I went to a compounding training course for a week in Houston, Texas at PCCA (Professional Compounding Centers of America). We received intensive training in a variety of compounding techniques. PCCA is the country’s premier pharmacy compounding organization. They provide training, equipment, chemicals, and expertise to make sure their members are able to compound effectively for their patients. On top of that, we invested in some brand new, state of the art equipment and ongoing education.

But first off…what is compounding? The basic idea of compounding, or customized medication, is that medication is not “one size fits all.” You probably think of pharmacy, for the most part, as a pill counting and prescription dispensing process. Compounders realize that there are good reasons why commercially available products from large drug manufacturers aren’t always ideal for for every patient situation. So, we are able to customize the medication…whether it’s the strength, delivery method, dosage form, flavor, inert ingredients (to avoid allergens), and much more. We problem solve, and refuse to give up on the “tricky” cases.
Compounding fits into our business philosophy, where we try and focus more on our patients and less on our products. As part of PCCA’s team now, we are in a position to listen to the needs of our patients, and provide physicians with treatment options when patients have unmet needs with their medication therapy.
Grandpa Jim is 82 years old now, and compounding has actually managed to bring him out of retirement after 17 years. Pretty impressive for an “old guy,” especially when you see the complicated equipment he runs in our lab.
Back when he started working as a pharmacist in the 1950s with his father Jim, and Uncle Emory, the pharmacists were compounding a lot more than nowadays. There were fewer types of medication, a lot less “pills”, and a lot more hands-on dispensing. Grandpa Jim will be the first one to tell you that now it’s a whole different ballgame with the equipment, technique, improved safety, and overall knowledge.
At PCCA’s training down in Texas, Gramps was Mr Popular. PCCA’s staff and other pharmacists and technicians were so impressed with him, and had a lot of questions about how it was in the OLD DAYS.  He was still able to channel that old-time pharmacy mojo, and they ended up putting us in their monthly newsletter as their only Grandson/Grandfather combo ever to simultaneously attend the training.  Needless to say, I’m pretty proud of him.
If you talk to him about compounding, you’ll see how excited he is to be able to get back in the lab and get “hands on” like when he started.  More importantly, he’s excited to be able to make  a positive difference in our patients’ lives.
And he makes a mean medicated throat-numbing lollipop.