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Guardian Pharmacy Announces Partnership with Missouri Long-Term Care Pharmacy

Guardian Pharmacy LLC
Posted on: 21 Sep 16

Guardian Pharmacy LLC, one of the nation’s largest long-term care pharmacy companies, announced today a partnership with Michael Counts, Pharm.D., owner of UVANTA Pharmacy of Southern Missouri. The pharmacy will operate under the new name Guardian Pharmacy of Missouri and will serve assisted living and skilled nursing facilities across the state and throughout northwest Arkansas. The addition of Guardian Missouri expands the company’s footprint in the Midwest.

Founded in 2009, UVANTA Pharmacy of Southern Missouri has earned a reputation for superior customer service, growing significantly over the past seven years.

Counts will continue to serve as president and own and operate the pharmacy in partnership with Guardian. Guardian will assist with the time-consuming financial, technical, and administrative tasks, while Counts continues to focus on the individual, localized needs of his customers.

“Growing up in this industry under a father who owned a local retail pharmacy, I’ve learned what it takes to be successful in this business,” said Counts. “Our pharmacy and Guardian share the same goal – to simplify the community staff’s job so they can focus on their residents. We do that by providing quality products and services, excellent customer service, ongoing training and continuing education courses, and innovative technology to enhance their operations.”

“Michael is an experienced pharmacist with a passion for exceptional customer care, an important quality we seek when partnering with a pharmacy owner,” said Kendall Forbes, executive vice president of sales and operations at Guardian. “The longstanding reputation of his pharmacy and emphasis on his customers, employees and community mirrors our core business beliefs.”

Founded in 2004, Guardian’s 28 locations serve more than 77,000 residents throughout 19 states. For more information, visit or

About Guardian Pharmacy

Guardian Pharmacy, headquartered in Atlanta, Ga., is one of the nation’s largest long-term care pharmacy companies. Guardian’s pharmacies provide outstanding client service to long-term care facilities including assisted living, skilled nursing and others. Founded in 2004, Guardian has experienced a compound annual growth rate of more than 40 percent, which the company attributes to its unique Local-Autonomy business model. Pharmacy operators participate in local ownership and benefit from Guardian’s experience in high-growth, specialty pharmacies.

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Last updated on: 21/09/2016

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