About Us

Welcome to Uptown Drug & Gift Shop, a family‐run business established in 1945. The proprietors are Jo Ann and Jerry Shapiro, who purchased the store from Jerry’s parents in 1969. For twenty‐seven years, the store was located in the mid‐Wilshire area. Seeing the rebirth of downtown L.A., we decided to move our business there in August of 2004.

At Uptown Drug, you’ll receive the personal attention you deserve. We treat our customers as we would our family! Our pharmacy offers comprehensive medication review through an assessment of all of a patient’s medications. The goal is to optimize therapeutic regimens, improve medication compliance, and enhance therapeutic outcomes of the medications.

We gladly perform health screenings, offer diabetic services, give immunizations, compound those special need prescriptions, and maintain a quality stock of over‐the‐counter drugs, sundries, and dietary supplements. We deliver to a widespread area for a small fee or no charge in some cases. If you happen to live, work, or are staying at a hotel in downtown, please call us and we'll make arrangements to get your medicine to you promptly.

It’s an environment rarely experienced today. You’ll be welcomed by our pharmacy staff ‐ caring professionals who are readily available with answers and information regarding your medication questions.

Here's what you can expect at Uptown Drug:

  • Your pharmacist will become a member of your health care team
  • You'll enjoy prompt prescription service
  • Access to health care screenings and wellness programs
  • Your own confidential personal pharmacy care profile
  • We accept prescription insurance
  • Competitive prices

We also make sure to get our patients the best price possible while not compromising their care. Many medications have generics and even more have other options in the same class to treat a condition and are much cheaper with comparable effectiveness. We make every attempt to keep our patients aware of the ever changing prices and availability of their medications and make physician approved changes when necessary.

We look forward to serving your needs for many years to come.

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Our gift shop is full of interesting gifts hand‐selected for you. We carry a large selection of half‐priced greeting cards, baby gifts, Nao by Lladro, jewelry, plush gifts, men's executive gifts, cosmetics, and travel items. Remember that our selection changes regularly, so you'll always find something new for a gift or personal indulgence.

Meet Our Team


Dr. Gerald Shapiro


Dr. Maggie Elyasnik


Dr. Joanne Nguyen


Dr. Jasmine Yamini

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Pharmacy Team


Delivery Team

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Gift Shop and Marketing Team