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Brian Synder, R.Ph.

Why did you want to become a pharmacist?

I really wanted to help people. Since I also loved the sciences, especially biology and chemistry, pharmacy, seemed like a way to combine my aspirations. Learning about diseases, drugs and their actions would be a good way to serve the public.

Where did you go to school and when did you graduate?

I went to the Temple School of Pharmacy on North Broad Street in Philadelphia and graduated in 1987.

What do you enjoy most about being a pharmacist?

Helping my customers understand their medications, how to use them and then seeing their health and quality of life improve is very rewarding. Giving patients good service and advice then watching them become loyal customers is also very rewarding.

What has been your biggest challenge as a pharmacist?

The cost of healthcare continues to rise. Drug companies continue to raise prices and there is little an independent pharmacy can do. Not being able to negotiate with “Big Pharma” like the “Big Chains,” “Box Stores” and managed care companies, makes it difficult to help customers with cost savings. I would like to give my customers even more cost effective ways to treat their medical problems.

 

Wil Auguste, Pharm.D.

Why did you want to become a pharmacist?

Back home in Haiti I know that people do not use medicines correctly. This leads to serious health problems. I was also very interested in the use of natural products, since these were often the “drugs of choice” in Haiti.

Where did you go to school and when did you graduate?

I went to the Temple School of Pharmacy in Philadelphia and graduated in 2003.

What do you enjoy most about being a pharmacist?

Helping customers of all backgrounds that visit our pharmacy. People in the neighborhood come from all walks of life and the Carribean. Helping people solve complicated insurance issues can make the difference between getting the care they need or no care at all.

What has been your biggest challenge as a pharmacist?

The rising cost of healthcare makes it very difficult for our customers who have no insurance or are under insured. Spending unnecessary time on the phone with health insurance companies takes away time from helping people one-on-one.