Recently, we’ve been seeing letters from pharmacists suggesting that they’re somehow more professional and caring just because they don’t work for a chain pharmacy. I take exception to that.
I’m a native of Dickinson, I live in Fargo, and I’m a pharmacist at Wal-Mart in Dilworth, just across the river. I take the same oath of patient care as any pharmacist in North Dakota, and I take my code of ethics seriously. I care about my patients and I go out of my way to make sure they have what they need. I feel very proud of the fact that I can offer my patients — many who travel from Fargo and places even farther away — a $4 price for many of their prescriptions. That’s a huge savings for many, particularly for seniors on fixed incomes and low-income families.
Those who want to preserve the special protection from competition that certain pharmacists have in North Dakota shouldn’t do it by questioning the dedication and commitment of other pharmacists.
Wendy Illich Harmsen, pharmacist, Wal-Mart pharmacy manager, Dilworth, Minn.