Royer Pharmacy

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Public Notice and Press Release

Royer Pharmacy today announced the future merging of its prescription files with CVS and the closing of its 5 locations within the next two weeks.
Prescription files will be securely merged into the CVS system at each pharmacy's closing to ensure continuity of service. Royer Pharmacy will remain open for business until the day before files are merged with CVS.The following table provides locations and dates of operation and closing.
Royer Pharmacy Location Royer Pharmacy Phone Number Last Full Day of Business at Royer Pharmacy CVS Location Where Files Are Being Transferred To CVS Phone Number First Day Files Will Be Active At CVS
2 E. Main St.
Ephrata, PA 17522
717-733-6541 3-18-2020 440 N. Reading Rd.
Ephrata, PA 17522
717-733-1818 3-19-2020
113 S. 7th St.
Akron, PA 17501
717-859-4911 3-16-2020 440 N. Reading Rd.
Ephrata, PA 17522
717-733-1818 3-17-2020
335 W. Main St.
Leola, PA 17540
717-656-3784 3-17-2020 2363 Oregon Pike
Lancaster, PA 17601
717-560-1499 3-18-2020
1021 Sharp Ave.
Ephrata, PA 17522
717-733-1215 3-17-2020 440 N. Reading Rd.
Ephrata, PA 17522
717-733-1818 3-18-2020
508 Hershey Ave.
Lancaster, PA 17603
717-299-4737 3-16-2020 1278 Millersville Pike
Lancaster, PA 17603
717-397-2481 3-17-2020

Royer Pharmacy was started in downtown Ephrata in 1879 by pharmacist George Royer. A very interesting and fun history of the company's 141 years can be found on the history tab of the website.
Royer Pharmacy is owned by siblings Donald and Robert Sherman, Patricia Leaman and Pamela Groff. Don, Bob and Pat are pharmacists and Pam is the company treasurer. Their father, William Sherman, joined the company in 1954 and worked with the family to develop the company for over 50 years.

Company president Don Sherman cited several reasons for the decision.
  • The owners are nearing retirement age.
  • Restrictive contracts and decreasing reimbursements from insurance, Medicare and Medicaid plans are making it increasingly difficult to stay in business and continue to offer the types of services patients need.
  • The merging of prescription files with CVS ensures that patients will have access to a company that is likely to be around for a long time.
  • CVS has the depth and vertical integration to provide multiple services that a small independent pharmacy cannot.
  • Employees will have a chance to be considered for employment by CVS
Staff was informed of the decision at a company meeting on 3-3-20. Sherman stated that 'while the meeting had a sad message, we have great employees who realize the many difficulties of the current pharmacy environment.' The combination of great patients, a fantastic and dedicated staff and a focus on personal patient needs are the reason the company became one of the oldest independently owned pharmacies in the country.

The Sherman family wishes to thank the public for their generations of trust and loyal patronage. It's been a great run and we and our wonderful staff couldn't have done it without you. It's been our pleasure to serve you.

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This website was designed, developed, and coded entirely by Eric Sherman, son of Don Sherman (President of Royer Pharmacy) and his wife, Donna Sherman. Eric is a 2009 graduate of Ephrata High School, a 2013 graduate of Swarthmore College, and is currently enrolled in the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania as a combined degree MD/PhD student. He learned all programming languages/standards used for creation of this website by independent research, trial and error, and by working as Webmaster for The Phoenix, the campus newspaper of Swarthmore College. Websites instrumental in helping him learn the required skills were Stack Exchange's Stack Overflow, Ryan Bates' Railscasts, and countless other websites, documentation files, and open-source bloggers.

This website was created on a Ruby-on-Rails framework and utilizes a secure MySQL 5.0 database to store data that is displayed across the website. This data includes prescription refill orders, email messages from Royer Pharmacy Staff, information about all 5 Royer Pharmacy locations, and much more. Maps and geocodes are generated with Google Maps API v3. Webpages are served to the public with Apache 2 and the Phusion Passenger module. Development occurred on a 15" MacBookPro with 4GB of RAM and a 2.5GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor running OSX 10.6 (Snow Leopard), serving pages locally through Mongrel. Code was stored in a git repository, and deployed to the production server via shell script. The production server is a Debian 6 Virtual Machine (running through VMware) with 1GB RAM and a 2.6GHz virtual processor. The physical machine hosting the (virtual) web-server and several other virtual machines integral to the functioning of Royer Pharmacy is located in the Downtown Ephrata store.

Click here to email Eric about the code used on this website, or about hiring him to do web development for your website. Eric is fully fluent in Ruby on Rails, Javascript (specifically the prototype library), HTML, and CSS. Additionally, he is proficient in MySQL, shell scripting, and PHP.


Eric began his medical training at the Perelman School of Medicine in August, 2015