Roses Stewart and the Victoria Square Compounding Pharmacy has received several Samuel McLeod Business Awards from Prince Albert & District Chamber of Commerce.
- 2020 Nomination for Female Businesswoman of the Year Awards
- 2019 Legacy Award
- 2008 Service Industry Award
- 2008 Community Involvement Award
Work with Roses
Roses Stewart had been working as a pharmacist in Prince Albert for 20 years when a local pharmacy came up for sale in 1994. As a single mom with three kids wanting to build a better life for herself and her family, she took a chance and bought the pharmacy, changing the name to Victoria Square Pharmacy.
The practice of compounding medication dates back to the origins of pharmacy but it declined in the 1950s and ’60s as the pharmacist’s role changed from a preparer of medications to a dispenser of mass-manufactured products.
But it was clear to Roses that this one-size-fits-all approach to medication wasn’t meeting all of her customers’ needs. Despite being told it was a waste of time because the industry had moved on, Roses dove into the world of compounding medication. She built a compounding lab in her pharmacy.
Now, compounding has experienced a renaissance, as modern technology, innovative techniques and new research have allowed more pharmacists to customize medications to meet a patient’s unique needs.
Roses also added a drive-through prescription window — a practice unheard of at the time but extremely beneficial to customers who were unable to leave their vehicle.
Today, Roses’ pharmacy is the only pharmacy in Prince Albert that offers sterile compounding, and Victoria Square is the only pharmacy in the city with a drive-through.