Drugs opened its doors on November 1, 1958, and remains the oldest operating pharmacy
located in Jefferson Parish in Louisiana.
Drugs is the only full service pharmacy based home medical equipment provider
and homecare pharmacy in the area to be accredited by the Joint
Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO). Today, we
are accredited in Home Medical Equipment Management, Homecare Pharmacy Services,
Clinical Respiratory Services and Home Infusion Therapy.
the years, Patio Drugs has grown. Specialties have been developed in homecare
pharmacy, hospice and end of life care, customized dosage compounding and durable
medical equipment. The care of 1,400 homecare patients is entrusted to the staff
of Patio Drugs by physicians, home health agencies, hospices and numerous healthcare
practices throughout the greater New Orleans area.
Drugs is not a home health agency, but a homecare pharmacy networking team. Interfacing
with home health agencies, hospital discharge planners, social workers, physician's
offices and even other pharmacies, Patio provides the best in pharmacy services.
staff of 70+ individuals including pharmacists, technicians, patient services
representatives, DME service technicians, delivery personnel, customer service
staff and support personnel make up the Patio Drugs Healthcare Team. An experienced
group of Medicare, Medicaid and private insurance experts handle the billing needs
of the patients.
owners of Patio Drugs Healthcare are John F. DiMaggio and Daisy Guitart. John
has worked in healthcare for the last 34 years and has been a pharmacist for 27
years. Daisy has been a pharmacists for 12 years and together they have owned
Patio Drugs for the past ten (10) years. John DiMaggio is an adjunct professor
of pharmacy at Xavier University
and has twice been named preceptor of the year by the pharmacy students of that
College of Pharmacy.
(1986 and 1994) He is a fellow of the International
Academy of Compounding Pharmacy and was elected as the inaugural Chairman
of the Compounding Academy of the Louisiana Board of Pharmacy. Daisy Guitart is
a recognized, national expert on billing and reimbursement issues and is currently
a member of The American Society
of Consultant Pharmacists (ASCP).