New Castle’s oldest pharmacy, half a decade under family ownership

NEW CASTLE, PA – Hyde Drug Store, the oldest pharmacy in New Castle, is celebrating their 40th year of ownership under the Stefanis family. Hyde Drug Store has operated in New Castle for 128 years. In 1978, the current owner, George Stefanis, bought the business after graduating from the University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy. Since then, Stefanis and his family have carried on the Hyde family’s original commitment to their patients and patrons.

“Over the last 40 years, Hyde Drug Store has grown as New Castle grew,” said George Stefanis, current owner of Hyde Drug Store. “We service a wider area than when I first began, just not the immediate local area and deliver to people much farther away from our pharmacy than we did initially. We use the latest technology to serve our patients so that we’re more than just a pharmacy that dispenses medications.

“Our primary mission as an independent pharmacy is to not only treat patients, advise patients, and dispense their medicine, but to know who they are. I believe I have maintained this mission, which the Hyde family began over 100 years ago because that is how I believe all community pharmacies should operate. I have been able to utilize the latest technology, but yet never stray from the original values of the Hyde family.

“We are very proud of our latest service, which is compliance packaging. This service is offered for no charge, and we deliver the completed packages with the medications in the correct pods on whatever schedule the patient prefers at no cost to the patient. We have been able to help patients and their caregivers keep a patient in their homes, rather than move them to a facility.”

“In the years to come, we are going to continue our long tradition of focusing on our patients as people, not a prescription,” said Spero Stafanis, son of George Stefanis and current pharmacist at Hyde Drug Store. “We have plans to expand into patient care services that range anywhere from diabetes education to weight management, all provided within our pharmacy. As long as the pharmacy world keeps changing and evolving, Hyde Drug Store will evolve with it!”

Hyde Drug Store was originally opened 128 years ago by Alfred Hyde. Hyde and his son ran the business with the well-being of their customers in mind. This tradition continues today.

Hyde Drug Store is the oldest pharmacy in Pennsylvania and has been a family a family owned and operated by the Stefanis family for 40 years. As a staple of the New Castle community for years, Hyde Drug Store has served thousands of patients. Along with filling prescriptions, Hyde also offers a variety of health products and services.


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