Community Pharmacist Spotlight Archive

Pine Plains Pharmacy

by NCPA | Apr 01, 2014
Highlighting the important role independent community pharmacists play in our national healthcare system.

Nasir Mahmood

Pharmacist: Nasir Mahmood

Pharmacy name: Pine Plains Pharmacy

City, State: Pine Plains, NY

Pharmacist's years of service: 23 years

What led you to a career in independent community pharmacy?

I always wanted to help people in need with professionalism.

What makes your pharmacy standout from the competition?

Service, service and service

What are your biggest challenges?

PBMs and mail orders unconscionable contracts from insurance companies forcing independent pharmacies to fill prescriptions below costs.

Describe a recent, rewarding experience with a patient:

A couple of years ago when I could afford to open on Sundays and holidays, a desperate father came looking for Tylenol liquid for little Sara who had a 103 degree fever. He asked me why I am the only one open on Christmas Day. I told him to serve my community. He was so pleased that he transferred all his prescriptions from New York City where he was a family judge.

How has NCPA helped your business?

NCPA has done a fantastic job fighting for us small independent pharmacies, Bravo!