Marla Ahlgrimm has come a long way from the early days—battling to educate the country about premenstrual syndrome while co-founding Madison Pharmacy Associates. Starting in a 700 square foot pharmacy space, Madison Pharmacy Associates immediately attracted national attention, with Ahlgrimm and her colleague fielding calls seven days a week.
After that first year, Ahlgrimm was able to hire a third pharmacist, as well as a bookkeeper. The business was steadily growing as word spread about the work Madison Pharmacy Associates was doing, but it wasn’t easy. As Marla Ahlgrimm recalls today, Madison Pharmacy Associates found themselves starting from scratch at every level while facing skepticism and even outright opposition from colleagues, lending institutions, and friends and family.