ABOUT CENTRAL PHARMACY
Central Pharmacy and Compounding Lab is an independent pharmacy located in beautiful downtown Santa Monica, California. We are devoted to providing friendly, exceptional, personalized service to each and every one of our customers. Central Pharmacy has been privately owned and managed by Sharon and Dave Steen since 1992, and the majority of our staff members have been part of the Central Pharmacy team from seven to seventeen years! Because of this, we have established a great reputation for ourselves and take great pride in giving extra special service and highly individual attention to our customers.
We are a full-service hybrid pharmacy, which means that in addition to filling your traditional prescriptions and over-the-counter medications, we also have a fully equipped compounding lab and specially-trained staff who can prepare custom, compounded medications and formulations for hormone replacement therapy, pain management, dermatology, children, animals, and much more.
Central Pharmacy’s compounding lab is fully equipped with the highest quality equipment and our staff members have special training and credentials for compounding to guarantee that your customized prescriptions are prepared 100% accurately every time. We also use only the finest chemicals and powders from the most respected labs in the industry. In addition, Central Pharmacy stands out from many other compounding pharmacies because we routinely send samples of our compounded medications to a laboratory for potency testing to ensure that we are dispensing the proper dose of medication that has been ordered by your physician.
Because of our special expertise in compounding, we have been featured on several television shows, including The Oprah Winfrey Show (and a visit to our pharmacy from Dr. Oz!) and The Doctors (with a visit to our pharmacy from Robin McGraw.) Since our compounding lab opened in 2005, we have grown into the most recognized and well-respected compounding pharmacy in Santa Monica and beyond!
We have many long-time, regular customers from all around the Santa Monica and Los Angeles area, but for those who don’t live nearby we also offer a variety of shipping options to choose from.
Also, if English is not your first language, between all of our staff members we are able to assist you in Spanish, Farsi, and Tagalog.
Our commitment to quality, friendly service, and having a professional and highly trained staff continues to make Central Pharmacy the neighborhood’s favorite drugstore. Come and visit us today!
Central Pharmacy opened in the late 1940’s as a small “mom and pop” store on Wilshire Blvd. near 4th street in Santa Monica, California.
In 1987, Sharon Steen moved to Los Angeles with her husband, Dave, and became the co-owner of the pharmacy. Shortly thereafter, in 1992, Sharon became an owner of Central Pharmacy. Over the next few years, she turned it from a prescription-only store into a diverse, modern pharmacy with a variety of gifts, over-the-counter medicines, and quality supplements.
In 2005, Central Pharmacy began offering its customers compounded medications. Business began to grow and then in 2009 the pharmacy moved into a larger space just five blocks away on Wilshire Blvd., near 9th street. The larger space allowed for a much more expansive laboratory area needed for the growing compounding portion of the business.
Central Pharmacy is currently located at 900 Wilshire Blvd. in Santa Monica. We’d love to meet you!---please give us a call or come visit us today!
Hours of Operation
Central pharmacy is open from 9:00am until 5:00pm, Monday through Friday. We are closed on Saturday and Sunday and ALL major holidays.
Please leave a message on our after-hours voicemail if you’d like to pick up your prescription before we open on the next business day. All messages are kept private.
Our team here at Central Pharmacy is like our second family, and we’re more than happy to provide you with the most friendly, personalized service possible! Almost all of our staff members have been with the Central Pharmacy team for over seven years, and because of this we have established a great reputation for ourselves and take great pride in giving extra special service and attention to our customers.
Read below for more information about our individual team members!
Owner of Central Pharmacy since 1992
Part of the Central Pharmacy team since 1987
Sharon began her pharmacy career in 1985 as a pharmacy technician at a hospital in Portland, Oregon. She attended the University of Oregon (go Ducks!) and Portland State University, majoring in Medical Sciences and Business Administration. In 1987, Sharon moved to Los Angeles and became co-owner of Central Pharmacy, and shortly thereafter became an owner of the pharmacy.
Besides completing the PCCA certification course in compounding techniques, Sharon is also certified in Veterinary Compounding. In addition, she has attended multiple educational seminars on customized hormone replacement therapy, pain management, dermatology compounding, and veterinary medicine compounding, and is constantly keeping herself updated on the most current literature in these very specialized fields.
Sharon knows most of Central Pharmacy’s regular customers personally, and takes great effort to make sure the pharmacy keeps the same independent, supportive, family-type of atmosphere amongst the staff members and customers alike!
Sharon and her husband, Dave, are avid golfers and huge animal lovers. They live just outside Los Angeles with their beloved dogs, Mollie and Whitney, and their cat, Chester.
NAHAL HAKIM, Pharm D
Pharmacist (Traditional & Compounding)
Part of the Central Pharmacy team since 2000
Nahal was raised in Santa Monica, earned a B.S. in Biology from UCLA, and received a Doctorate in Pharmaceutical Sciences from USC. After working for a pharmacy chain for 5 years (ugh), she joined the team at Central Pharmacy in 2000, which has easily become her family away from home. Nahal knows most of her patients personally and loves that our pharmacy has a warm and friendly energy that you don't find in many other pharmacies.
Nahal has a strong interest in specialty compounding and customized hormone replacement therapy and has received extensive training through Fagron, Inc. and P.C.C.A.
In her free time, Nahal enjoys exercising and doing yoga.
MARJAN YERMIAN, Pharm D
Compounding Pharmacist, Hormone Specialist
Part of the Central Pharmacy team since 2009
Marjan grew up in Santa Monica, earned a B.S. in Neuroscience from UCLA, and received a Doctorate degree in Pharmacy Sciences from USC. She joined the Central Pharmacy team in 2009.
One of Marjan's specialties is Hormone Replacement Therapy for men and women. She also LOVES animals, which has fueled a desire to widen her compounding knowledge to include all kinds of furry friends and is Central Pharmacy's Veterinary Compounding Specialist.
JACKIE ELIAS, CPhT
Head Pharmacy Technician / Assistant Manager
Part of the Central Pharmacy team since 2004
Jackie was initially hired at Central Pharmacy as a front desk clerk, but quickly moved up into a technician position. She passed her National Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam in 2007 and is considered an expert in her field. Jackie has learned the “ins and outs” of insurance billing and can tackle any problem placed before her.
Personally, Jackie loves that Central Pharmacy is a small independent business where the team knows most of their customers on a first name basis. She considers her staff members part of her family. Her positive outlook and bubbly personality make her a joy to work with.
Jackie recently completed her first half marathon in February, and she plans to run a full marathon in 2018!
ERIKA NEVAREZ-GONZALEZ, CPhT
Compounding Pharmacy Technician
Part of the Central Pharmacy team since 1999
Erika began her pharmacy career in 1996 as a clerk at a chain drugstore. A few years later, the opportunity to work at Central Pharmacy came up and she became our next pharmacy technician shortly thereafter. In 2005 Erika passed the National Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam. She left Central Pharmacy in 2007 to raise her two boys and we were more than happy to welcome her back two years later.
Erika has an extensive understanding of pharmacy work and has a great sense of humor. She enjoys working at Central Pharmacy because of the family-type atmosphere and is happy to have joined our compounding team.
In her free time, Erika loves scrapbooking and bike riding at the beach and on various biking trails.
Traditional Pharmacy Technician, Compounding Technician
Part of the Central Pharmacy team since 2010
Veronica began her pharmacy career at an independent pharmacy in West Los Angeles and was actually trained by our very own Marjan Yermian! She has worked as a pharmacy technician since 2007, joining the Central Pharmacy team in 2010.
Veronica is an extremely versatile, thorough, hard worker with a great attitude. Over the years, she has always made a great effort to continually learn and develop new skills, and because of this she has excelled in every department at Central Pharmacy, including in our compounding lab.
Friendliness and patience are two of Veronica’s strong suits, and she always makes sure to take her time with every customer and give each person equal attention!
KARLA POSADA CPhT
Part of the Central Pharmacy team since 2011
Karla is a Certified Pharmacy Technician who also has a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice. In addition, she received a CNA (Certified Nursing Assistant) license at the age of 17, while she was still in high school!
Karla has been a pharmacy technician since 2006 and has many years of experience working in both chain drugstores and independently owned pharmacies. She greets every customer with a smile and helps to efficiently direct the workflow. Her goal is to give the best customer service possible.
Additionally, Karla is our vitamin specialist at Central Pharmacy and can answer all your questions about supplements and special vitamin orders.
Compounding Pharmacy Technician
Part of the Central Pharmacy team since 2008
Edna has worked many years the pharmacy field, receiving a lot of prior experience as a Compounding Pharmacy Technician at a compounding pharmacy in Beverly Hills. She joined the Central Pharmacy team in 2008, and has been a very important asset to us ever since!
Edna is a positive person and always walks through the door with a great attitude and a smile on her face. She’s a very hard worker who loves working at Central Pharmacy--and we love her too!
Compounding Pharmacy Technician
Part of the Central Pharmacy team since 2014
Maritza began working at Central Pharmacy in 2014 as a compounding technician and she has become a leader in our compounding lab! Excelling in accuracy and fast turnover she is our “go to” person for complicated prescriptions. She is a hard worker and pays great attention to detail and we love her for this!
In her free time, Maritza greatly enjoys hiking, nature, and being outdoors.
Part of the Central Pharmacy team since 2013
Daniella has been working at Central Pharmacy since 2013 while she was a student at Santa Monica College. She has since earned her bachelors degree in psychology and social behavior from UC Irvine and plans to continue her studies in the near future. When she's not in the pharmacy she is traveling and making new friends.
"What I love most about working at central pharmacy is the family-feel atmosphere; not just with my colleagues, but with the patients too!"
Fun fact: When Daniella was just a little girl she came into Central Pharmacy to buy candy bars from us! Many years have passed since then and now she is one of our valuable part-time employees.