Why Choose Us?

Break free from the big chains and get back to personal service! That's what Independent Drug, a full-service independent pharmacy conveniently located in the Middle River - Essex area, is all about.

As an independent pharmacy where one of the pharmacists is also the owner, you can be sure you'll get a level of personal, know-you-by-name service that's so hard to find these days.

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Meet our pharmacists...

George Garmer, PD, BSP - Pharmacist/Owner  

George Garmer, PD, BSP - Pharmacist/Owner

Born and raised not far from the Middle River - Essex area, George started his career in community pharmacy during his senior year of high school as a stock boy at the local independent drug store. A graduate of the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy, he has been filling prescriptions and counseling customers for more than 20 years. George is licensed to administer all eligible immunizations. He's also certified to measure and fit patients with diabetes with therapeutic shoes. He splits his time between Independent Drug and its sister store, Halethorpe Pharmacy, located in nearby Halethorpe / Arbutus.

Vinh Le, PD - Chief Pharmacist  

Vinh Le, PD - Chief Pharmacist

Vinh was born in Vietnam and came to live in Baltimore when he was a child. He is a graduate of the University of Maryland and has been filling prescriptions and counseling customers for over 10 years. He is licensed to administer vaccinations and he is also certified to provide Medication Therapy Management (MTM) services, which offer patients a comprehensive medication review. Vinh received his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy.

Penny Murphy, PD - Chief Pharmacist  

Penny Murphy, PD - Staff Pharmacist

Penny relocated to Maryland in 1996 to begin her pharmacy career after graduation from the University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy. She has more than 15 years of pharmacist experience in the community setting and she has been with Independent Drug since 2005. She is licensed to administer vaccinations and she is also certified to provide Medication Therapy Management (MTM) services, which include a review of a patient's list of medications (that the patient provides) for drug interactions, duplications, formulation, as well as the patient's medication habits.

Sherry Butler, BSP  

Sherry Butler, BSP - Clinical Pharmacy Specialist

Sherry grew up not far from the Middle River - Essex - Carroll Island area. Her clinical pharmacy experience spans close to two decades. In January 2008, she was recognized by the American Pharmacists Association for her contributions to the practice of pharmacy and for the service she provides to her patients. A certified diabetes educator, immunizer and provider of medication therapy management, she brings valuable expertise to Independent Drug customers. She also teaches in her positions as Clinical Assistant Professor in the Schools of Pharmacy at the University of Maryland, Howard University, Virginia Commonwealth University and College of Notre Dame. A leader in her field, University of Maryland named her Preceptor of the Year in 2010. As Clinical Pharmacy Specialist for Independent Drug and its sister store, Halethorpe Pharmacy, Sherry can work to extend your continuity of care and support your physician's care with convenient, quality, pharmacy-based clinical services.

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If you live in the Middle River, Essex, Aero Acres, Carroll Island, Rosedale, Middlesex or Chase areas, don't settle for impersonal service at the big chain pharmacies. Get the great, local, thoughtful, personal service you deserve – at Independent Drug!