Our family, which has played a major role in the pharmaceutical industry for more than eight decades, launched Stella Pharmaceutical Canada Inc. nearly 50 years ago.
To this day, our steadfast commitment to offer our customers superior products that help provide an improved quality of life remains a cornerstone of our company’s philosophy.
We at Stella have maintained our reputation as a leader in over-the-counter, customer-focused health products by providing uniquely formulated, quality products at competitive prices.
With more than a dozen products currently in the marketplace and many years of branding excellence, we focus on several core areas, including diet, nutrition, skeletal and muscular pain relief, baby care and health and beauty aids.
Whether developed in-house or by strategic acquisition, each product is carefully evaluated for market viability, growth potential and overall fit with our corporate goals.
Chiefly, though, at Stella we pride ourselves on responding to our customers’ changing needs. In response to the growing shift towards preventive and proactive health care, we continue to develop products to improve wellbeing and decrease the risk of debilitating diseases.
Our dynamic team including a Medical Director, pharmacists, nutritionists, and business professionals is constantly working to identify trends in the health care field, translate them into product ideas, and develop them for our customers.
At Stella, we also lend our expertise, based on four decades of experience in the Canadian marketplace, to assisting international companies in the commercialization of their products for Canada.
Our business success, we believe, is built on the foundation of honesty, integrity and mutual respect. We value our relationships with our employees, suppliers, partners and customers, each of whom plays an integral role in our products’ success.
The Abraham family’s drug industry roots go back to the early 1920s, when a talented young New York pharmacist, Samuel Abraham and his brother, Isadore, decided to expand their professional training. They each took turns working shifts in their pharmacy while Samuel studied dentistry and Isadore, medicine.
Following graduation, Samuel pursued his research into orthodontics and endodontics. From 1928 to 1930, he was President of the Columbia University Club of Advanced Dental Study.
In his early work with root canal therapy, Samuel realized that there was no commercially available material to ensure sterility of the root canal and maintain the integrity of the tooth after the nerve was removed. Drawing on his pharmaceutical training, he formulated a phenol-based product that would satisfy demanding endodontic criteria…and simultaneously jettisoned the Abraham family into the pharmaceutical industry.
In 1995, Stella acquired the Dr. A. W. Chase Medicine Company, whose line of herbal remedies were popular since the early 1900s both in Canada and throughout the Caribbean. In 1996, Nutribar was acquired from Searle and in 1997, Tisane de Durbon, a well-known Caribbean brand, was acquired from Sanofi.
Inspired by a noble beginning and proud history, the company looks forward to continued participation in the dynamic evolution of pharmacy in Canada. Stella is fortunate to have a remarkably dedicated organization of individuals, committed to building the business through internal growth and strategic acquisitions.
Today, still family-owned and operated, Sam is now a member of the Board of Directors of the company. In 2007, Josh was appointed the President of Stella Pharmaceutical, managing its daily operations, following the illustrious careers of his father, Jerry, and grandfather, Samuel.
To deliver products, information and resources to consumers to empower them towards optimal health and wellbeing.