2014 Holiday Hours

For the Christmas Holiday

Wed., Dec. 24th     9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Thurs., Dec. 25th    Closed

Fri., Dec. 26th       10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Sat. Dec. 27th        Closed

For the New Year Holiday

Wed., Dec. 31st    9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Thurs., Jan 1st       Closed

Thank you for your business in 2014.  We look forward to serving you in 2015 and the years to come and wish you all a very happy holiday season!


Saturday Is National Drug Take-Back Day

Rid your home of unused, expired prescription meds by turning them in at a collection site near you
If you have expired, unused or unwanted drugs in your medicine cabinet, you can safely dispose of them on National Drug Take-Back Day this Saturday.

The free and anonymous service is offered from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at collection sites across the nation. To find a site near you, go to the National Take-Back Initiative website and type in your ZIP code.

One major goal of the program is to reduce prescription drug abuse and overdose deaths. In 2010, more than 22,000 people in the United States died of prescription drug overdoses.

Family and friends are the source for access to over half of all abused prescription drugs, and in many of those cases users simply take the drugs from other people's medicine cabinets, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration noted in a news release.

In 2010, nearly three-quarters of prescription drug overdoses involved powerful prescription painkillers called narcotics, or opioids (such as oxycodone), according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

In 2011, there were more than 420,000 emergency department visits related to the misuse and abuse of prescription narcotics in the United States, a number that nearly doubled over five years, the news release noted. In 2012, more than 12 million Americans abused prescription narcotics by taking them without a doctor's orders or for reasons other than their original purpose.

This is the eighth Take-Back Day in four years and the previous events have been highly successful, collecting more than 3 million pounds (1,733 tons) of prescription drugs, the FDA said in the news release.

The agency also noted that you should safely dispose of medicines throughout the year. The FDA's Disposal of Unused Medicine website offers advice on how to do this.

Ada County Prescription Drug Take-Back Program

Prescription drug abuse is the Nation's fastest growing drug problem. The Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention Plan incorporates action in four major areas to reduce prescription drug abuse: Education, Monitoring, Proper disposal, and Enforcement. -ONDCP Responding to America's Prescription Drug Abuse Crisis, 2011


  • NEW!!! Idaho Prescription Drug Abuse Handout. DOWNLOAD HERE!
  • 1 in 5 Idaho high school students have taken a prescription drug without a doctor's prescription. - 2011 Idaho YRBS
  • What many don't understand is that the misuse of prescription medications can be just as deadly as illicit drugs.
  • What can YOU do?
    • Dispose of your unused or expired medications at a local drop-off location or by the FDA guidelines below
    • Lock your medications and inventory them frequently to deter youth, family, and friends from taking them
    • Educate yourself and others that the nonmedical use of prescription drugs is just as dangerous as illicit drug use


DEA National Take-Back: Saturday October 26th 2013, 9AM -1PM

  • Find a location site in Idaho near you
  • September 29, DEA’s state, local, tribal law enforcement and community partners, working at  more than 5,263  locations, collected 488,395 pounds (244 tons) of prescription medications from members of the public. 

  • Idaho - 20 collection sites which resulted in 3,823 pounds (1.9 tons) removed from circulation.

Idaho Permanent Take-Back Locations

If you do not see a local drop-off location listed below for your county, call your local police department or sheriff's office. Some departments will informally accept your unused and expired medications.

Ada County

  • Ada County Sheriffs Office – 7200 Barrister Dr Boise, ID 83704
    • Bin in Evidence Room Lobby, Hours: 8-4/M-F [Map]
  • Boise Police/City Hall West – 333 North Mark Stall Pl Boise, ID 83704
    • Bin in Lobby, Hours: 8-5/M-F [Map]
  • Garden City Police Department – 301 East 50th St Boise, ID 83714
    • Bin in Lobby, Hours: 8-5/M-F [Map]
  • Meridian Police Department -1401 East Watertower St Meridian, ID 83642
    • Bin in Secure Lobby Area, Hours: 8-4/M-F [Map]
  • Download Ada County Take-back Flyer

Study: Non-Opioid Creams Relieve Pain, Improve Quality of Life in Senior Americans, While Reducing Use of Addicting Medicines

ROME, Ga., March 24, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- DermaTran Health Solutions, a group of nationwide compounding pharmacies that specialize in the compounding of topical non-opioid pain creams, today announced that the findings from a study of senior citizens suffering from chronic pain will be presented at next month's annual meeting of the Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy in Tampa.

The presentation, or "poster," will cover how topical pain creams have been proven to reduce pain in older Americans, 65 and up, while improving their quality of life and reducing dependency on oral pain medications, such as hydrocodone and oxycodone.

It will be presented by Tino Unlap, Ph.D., principal investigator for Patient Outcomes Analytics (POA). Unlap reports that in a study of 925 chronic pain suffers, 65 and older, almost three of every four respondents (74%) who used a topical prescription cream to reduce their pain reported an average 24-hour reduction in their pain level of 60%, with more than half (61%) reporting a decrease in their pain of greater than 50%.

At the same time, Unlap found that 40% of the patients surveyed reported a reduction in the amount of oral pain medication they needed as a result of using the topically applied cream.

At a time of growing awareness of what Johns Hopkins University researchers recently called "an epidemic of prescription opioid addiction and abuse in the United States, recent data from other surveys reveals while the number of total prescriptions written for opioid-based oral medicines has dropped slightly, doctors are increasingly writing for higher dosages. A 2012 study from the Centers for Disease Control found that the average size of an oxycodone prescription — the entire amount in the bottle — increased from the equivalent of 923 milligrams of morphine in 2000 to 1,566 milligrams of morphine in 2010.

In addition, the potential for accidental drug abuse is pronounced among senior citizens. A study published last month in the British Medical Journal found more than one-third of the 1.2 million Medicare beneficiaries surveyed who received an opioid prescription also got prescriptions from two doctors; more than 14% from three doctors; and almost 12% from four or more. "Concurrent opioid prescribing by multiple providers is common in Medicare patients and is associated with higher rates of hospital admission related to opioid use," the survey concludes.

The costs associated with opioid abuse are staggering; the National Institutes of Health (NIH) reported that cost of the nonmedical use of prescription opioids totaled more than $53 billion in 2006 alone, most of it attributed to lost productivity. NIH noted that five drugs (OxyContin, oxycodone, hydrocodone, propoxyphene, and methadone) accounted for two-thirds of the total economic burden.

Moreover, with an estimated 100 million Americans suffering from chronic pain, the Institutes Of Medicine (IOM) reports in its seminal study, "Relieving Pain in America," the total annual national economic cost associated with chronic pain is estimated to be $560-635 billion. This is ten times more the costs usually reported that involve opioid-related abuse, addiction, and accidental death, and is the result of inadequately managing chronic pain syndromes in what the IOM calls the "conundrum of opioids."

"The overwhelming societal costs of chronic pain must be addressed, as almost one-third of our society has a chronic pain syndrome and close to half of their cases are being inadequately managed," said Rob Gussenhoven, PharmD, DermaTran's Chief Science Officer. "The opioid conundrum described in the IOM report reflects the realization that using opiates for chronic pain seldom results in improved quality of life or recovery. This is the result of other opiate properties that can actually magnify pain, disrupt hormones, and contribute to other medical conditions. POA's study provides a clear indication that using topical, non-opioid anti-pain creams can alleviate patients' pain, as well as lead directly to a reduction in the use of opiate medications. This is especially important, since it lowers the long-term costs of healthcare, specifically at a time when this is of paramount importance."

Thanksgiving Holiday Hours

Portico Pharmacy will be open 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. on Friday and closed Thursday and Saturday for the Thanksgiving holiday. Our compounding lab will reopen Monday after the holiday.  We are grateful for you, our customers!  Wishing you and yours the happiest of Thanksgivings.


Flu Shot Friday Kicks off Fri., Oct. 4th

Continuing our Flu Shot Friday tradition, flu shots at Portico Pharmacy will kick off Fri., Oct. 4th from 9 - 7 p.m. and be available every Friday until we run out.  The cost of the shot this year is $20 per immunization and we are able to immunize adults and children over age 12.  On Fri., Oct. 4th, shots are just $10, so come meet us at the pharmacy for your annual flu shot.  If you miss us that Friday, we'll still offer flu shots on Fridays after that but for the $20 price.

You can learn more about the 2013-14 flu shot and what kind of flu season is expected by visiting the Centers for Disease Control's flu page.

If you have any questions about this or any other of our products or services, feel free to stop by the pharmacy on Eagle and Franklin behind Buffalo Wild Wings or give us a call at 288-4341.  We'd love to hear from you!

Flu Shots Coming!


As flu season rapidly approaches, we are close to having our flu shots in for the season, but they are not here quite yet and we promised customers we would let them know on this site and keep you updated.  I have a call in to the boss so will let you know as soon as I hear of their arrival or at least when we expect them.  Thanks, as always, for your interest in and patronage of Portico Pharmacy.  We appreciate you!


How can I dispose of my unused medications?


We are often asked what the best way to dispose of unused or expired medication is.  To help guide you, the FDA has produced some helpful tips and instructions that can be found at http://www.fda.gov/forconsumers/consumerupdates/ucm101653.htm.

Thank you for your thoughtfulness and caring when it comes to properly disposing of medication.  Each of us doing our part helps keep others safe.  Thank you.



Yes! We Accept Express Scripts and TriCare Insurance


As always, Portico Pharmacy is happy to accept Express Script and TriCare insurance, along with the many other insurance types we accept.

Transferring prescriptions has never been easier. Call or email Portico today at 288-4341 or porticopharmacy@gmail.com.

With free delivery, custom compounding, two drive-up windows, a commitment to customer service and short wait times, Portico Pharmacy is quickly becoming one of the leading independent pharmacies in the Boise area.

Conveniently located just behind Buffalo Wild Wings off Eagle Road, call Portico for all your medicinal and pharmaceutical needs. We'd love to earn your business!

Portico Expands Retail Hours


Portico Store FrontIn order to better serve the needs of its customers, Portico Pharmacy is now open 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays. "We wanted to be able to meet the needs of those who are working late or unable to get to the pharmacy earlier," said Charles Ashton, Portico's lead pharmacist. "We offer free delivery, even to work places, but many people still want to come in and see us, which we love. By staying open later and being open on Saturdays, we can offer an even higher level of customer service than we've already been offering. For us, it's all about our customers and how to best serve their needs."

Contact Portico Pharmacy at 288-4341 or stop by at 3355 East Louise Drive in Meridian, just north of St. Luke's Meridian, for all your prescription and pharmaceutical needs.

Portico Pharmacy Delivers Valentines For Free


The team at Portico Pharmacy wants to help doctors show their appreciation this Valentine's Day. Be one of the lucky ones to receive a beautiful candy gift from Darling Thingz of Eagle, Idaho. All gifts will be delivered free from Portico's highly trained delivery staff on February 14th. Gift options range from $5 to $25 and all are beautiful, delicious and unique.

"Why not help busy doctors deliver these delicious candy gifts to their spouse, employees, or patients on Valentine's Day?" States Tina Parkvold, Portico's Manager. "We have a staff of delivery personnel who are out delivering prescriptions for free to our customers all day Monday through Friday, so why not help to brighten someone's day?

We found gorgeous handmade chocolate Valentine roses from a small candy shop in Eagle, it seemed like such a natural fit." The candy gifts are hand-crafted at Darling Thingz in Eagle, Idaho. They range from a single chocolate rose to a delicious and eye-catching bouquet of chocolate roses. Portico Pharmacy has a fleet of delivery vehicles that can be seen around town every day. And on February 14th, these cars will be filled with delicious goodies.

Free In-Home Flu Shots for Home-Bound Individuals in Boise, Meridian, Eagle


Portico Pharmacy in Meridian offered the Gift of Health this holiday season by offering to administer free flu shots for shut-ins who were unable to visit their local doctor or pharmacy. These shots were free to anyone home-bound living in Boise, Meridian or Eagle. Portico teamed up with Kevin Miller and KIDO radio to spread the message, as well as administer the flu shots.

Portico encouraged everyone to call in and nominate friends, family members, neighbors, and even oneself. If they qualified, Portico Pharmacy went to their home to administer their free flu shot.

$10 Flu Shots at Portico Pharmacy this Friday, October 15TH


As part of Portico Pharmacy and Home Instead Senior Care's "Day of Five – Immunize," Portico is offering free screening for five key immunizations for diseases that can be serious for seniors and are preventable with vaccinations. These are: Tetanus, Influenza, Pneumococcus, Diphtheria, and Herpes Zoster. Specially discounted $10 flu shots will be available on Friday to all adults and seniors. Seniors with Medicaid Part B can get their flu shots for free. Other health screenings at Portico that day will include Home Instead Senior Care, audio and hearing aids, Healthy Habits Wellness Chiropractic Clinic, Elements massage therapy, and Norco durable goods. Portico delivers for free to most areas.

Portico Pharmacy is located in Meridian at 3355 East Louise Drive, on the corner of Eagle and Franklin Roads just behind Buffalo Wild Wings. Everyone is encouraged to stop in and get screened to see what vaccinations they might need. "We would like to offer several screenings for seniors in addition to our $10 flu shots," explains Charles Ashton, Portico pharmacist. "The most important medical advice to give people is early detection. We hope as many people as possible will take advantage of all the services we plan to provide on Friday."

Portico Pharmacy is a community pharmacy that cares about its neighbors and customers. Portico offers free delivery of prescriptions to customers' homes. They specialize in compounding drugs, long-term care, and personalized service where a pharmacist is always available to answer customers' questions. Portico's retail pharmacy is always staffed during business hours to assist customers. To contact Portico Pharmacy, call today, 1-208-288-4341.