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At Red Cross Pharmacy, we care about you and your family's health. Red Cross Pharmacy offers traditional prescription services and medication counseling, as well as other health and wellness services. We strive to be the best employee-minded, customer-focused, service-driven pharmacy organization. We will provide a variety of goods and services to enhance patient care in categories of pharmacy, health and wellness while also meeting other selected needs of our customers.

You can even get your immunizations at Red Cross Pharmacy, have your blood pressure checked, and receive additional health screenings - all from your local Red Cross pharmacists.

We have 15 retail pharmacies and three long-term care pharmacies located throughout mid central and northern Missouri. Our affiliate stores, Heartland Medical Equipment in Marshall and Remedies Medical Equipment in Carrollton, can supply you with the home medical equipment supplies and products you need. Let Red Cross Pharmacy take care of you today!
The History of Red Cross Pharmacy
Red Cross Pharmacy started as a single store owned by M. A. Brown located in the small river town of Miami, Missouri in 1854.

In 1879, the pharmacy was moved to Marshall, Missouri after a major fire wiped out most of the town. Shortly after the move to Marshall, Mr. Brown's son, M.A. Brown Jr., took over and owned and operated the store. The American Red Cross, which was established in 1881, was granted a congressional charter in 1905 that established rules under which three existing pharmacy organizations, one of which was Red Cross Pharmacy in Marshall, and several non-pharmacy businesses then existing in the United States, were permitted the continued lawful use of the Red Cross name and Red Cross emblem.

In 1919, a pharmacist named Grover Waters purchased Red Cross Pharmacy. After World War II, Mr. Waters passed away and his son, George W. Waters, took over the family business. Mr. Waters, along with several others, owned and operated the pharmacy until B. David Hartwig, along with his brother, Steven E. Hartwig, purchased controlling interest in the business in 1971. Four years later, in 1975, they opened a second pharmacy in the Marshall Plaza Shopping Center and, in 1980; they purchased Sutter Drugs located in Salisbury. In 1988, to provide some diversification and to further meet medical equipment needs of existing patients, they established Heartland Medical Equipment, Inc. as a wholly owned subsidiary to Red Cross Pharmacy, Inc.

In 1998, Scott B. Hartwig, son of Steven E. Hartwig, and D. Matthew Hartwig, son of the late B. David Hartwig, joined the family business. That year significant growth came with the addition of Kearney Drugs located in Kearney, Don's Pharmacy located in Excelsior Springs and Starns Pharmacy located in Odessa.

The pharmacy grew again after adding Burkarth Pharmacy, which was located in Warrensburg in 2002 and after creating a start-up pharmacy in Grain Valley in 2003. The pharmacy also established a long-term care pharmacy in Marshall in 2004.

Growth in other markets continued in 2007 with the acquisitions of Macon Pharmacy located in Macon, Preferred Pharmacy Services located in Higginsville, and Dunavant's Drug located in Fulton. The most recent pharmacies joining Red Cross Pharmacy, Inc. were Dryden Drug LTC Pharmacy located in Belton in 2010, Good Neighbor Pharmacy located in Lexington, The Medicine Shoppe located in Marshall in 2011 and Plattsburg Clinic Pharmacy located in Plattsburg in 2012.

Today, Red Cross Pharmacy, Inc. continues to operate as a privately owned family business that consists of 15 retail pharmacies, three long-term care pharmacies, along with Heartland Medical Equipment and Remedies Medical Equipment, both are home medical equipment companies. As a family-owned business, Red Cross Pharmacy is all about caring for our patients and their families. We care about the health and wellness of all of our patients and continue to expand our services to include more than just their medication needs.
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