College roommates who had been friends for 48 years have now joined forces in the business world.
On July 11, Greenwood Drugs merged into the Mainline Pharmacy family, enabling Greenwood Drugs to offer more services to its customers.
The merger was the result of the friendship between Jerry Moschgat, founder of Mainline Pharmacy, and John Jackson, owner of Greenwood Drugs.
The two met at the Duquesne University School of Pharmacy and became roommates.
“We’ve been best friends ever since” said Moschgat. “We worked on projects together during that time.”
Moschgat opened the first Mainline location in Cresson on September 2, 1980, while Jackson opened Greenwood Drugs at 1663 E. Pleasant Valley Blvd. on January 19, 1987, before moving to the pharmacy’s current location, 1667 Bellemeade Drive, in 1997.
“We have joined forces to make this one of Mainline Pharmacy’s 12 locations. The name has changed, but the six-person staff has remained the same.” said Moschgat.
Plans were in the making for about five years.
“John was looking for an exit strategy and we are both independent so we were a good fit. We had many services that he didn’t offer, such as delivery, vaccinations, a drive-in window, diabetic shoes, EZPak-compliant packaging, medication syncing, some specialty drugs, compound medications, and online and mobile app refills. This was a good match for John to merge with us.” said Moschgat.
“We were both independent. He was in business before me and helped me start my business. It’s good for me and my family.” said Jackson, who will continue as the pharmacist in charge.
Mainline has expanded its activities in recent years.
“Mainline has acquired independent pharmacies to keep them independent, so they don’t get taken over by the chains. We want to keep the home pharmacies independent”, said Steve DeCriscio, chief financial officer.
“By acquiring them, we can be called”preference“by insurance companies and able to offer better prices to our customers,” said Moschgat.
Mainline Pharmacy has been a leader among pharmacies in the region during the coronavirus pandemic.
“We were the pharmacy administering tens of thousands of vaccines at the Jaffa Shrine,” said Moschgat.
“We have administered more than 250,000 vaccines in western Pennsylvania. It was not just in our communities, but others in southwestern Pennsylvania as well.” said DeCriscio.
Plans are in the works for a new building for the Greenwood company.
“Future plans are to build a new location at Pleasant Valley Boulevard and Kettle Street within two years. This location is moving there.” said Moschgat. “The new location will provide better visibility and more traffic will pass.”
Mirror Staff Writer Walt Frank is at 814-946-7467.