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Pharmacists Are so Much More Than Just Pill Counters.
Interviewed By: Kanarian Kindred
Dr. Natasha Phillips is a licensed pharmacist who holds a doctoral degree in pharmacy (PharmD) from ST.JOHN’S UNIVERSITY, COLLEGE OF PHARMACY AND ALLIED HEALTH, Jamaica, NY. A dedicated professional, she has a sincere love and dedication to her craft. According to her, “Pharmacists are so much more than just pill counters. We are vital members of the health care team directly involved in patient care. Pharmacists are often the first point-of-contact for patients with health inquiries. Thus pharmacists have a significant role in assessing medication management in patients, (including prescription drugs, over-the-counter medications, herbal medications and vitamins).” It was an honor interviewing her and learning resourceful information regarding this craft. EGL: When did your interest in pharmacy surface? Dr. Phillips: My passion for science led me to pursue a career in health care. Being a pharmacist was my lifelong dream. From an early age, I saw myself in a pharmacist’s coat. I became even more motivated because of the personal challenges in my life due to my health condition which is sickle cell anemia. I know what it’s like to be a patient. I know how it feels to be challenged with serious health issues at a very young age. It’s really all about the people. I feel I owe it to others to help where there is a need. Therefore with the combination of me being “a people person” along with a scientific passion; becoming a pharmacist was my calling.