Upon graduating from the University of California, Los Angeles with a Bachelor’s Degree in Biochemistry, our pharmacist Sydney completed the first year of pharmacy education at the cross-town rival, the University of Southern California School of Pharmacy, before transferring to and eventually graduating from Creighton University School of Pharmacy and Health Professions with her Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) degree.
After a year of practicing at Fremont Hospital in Fremont, Nebraska, Sydney continued her career at Christus Santa Rosa Hospital in San Antonio, Texas. In 2008, she moved to Austin, and subsequently practiced pharmacy at Baylor Scott & White Clinic for eleven years. Upon the way, she realized that the major factors contributing to the high prices of prescriptions are the cost for all the required administrative tasks associated with insurance, and the many middle men between the wholesaler and the patients, each and everyone of them wanting a cut of the pie.
She then started Ochna Health Pharmacy in summer of 2019 along the principle of Direct Primary Care: a membership-based approach to eliminate inefficiencies associated with an outdated insurance-based model, and to eliminate the middle men to bring down the cost of prescriptions for her patients.
The pharmacy is 100% membership-supported, and modern cloud-based technology is heavily deployed to keep the operational cost low. This in turn allows for an affordable membership to those who need it most. In so doing, all the prescriptions for her patients are dispensed at cost, with no markup of any kind.
We additional keep our cost low by:
- Sharing the space with Ochna Health clinic,
- Keeping the pharmacy small, and open part-time, and
- Purchasing most medications directly from wholesalers.