My father wanted me to be a pharmacist like himself. He had been a doctor, but he no longer believed in medicine; so he became a pharmacist, but he believed in that hardly more - Claude Chabrol


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Not Walgreens, Not CVS: Life as an Independent Pharmacist

Before the U.S. licensed its first pharmacist in 1816, ailing Americans visited apothecaries based solely on reputation. Two hundred years later, there are nearly 300,000 licensed pharmacists working in the U.S., according to the CDC.

The independent pharmacy is an American tradition: Even some national chains, which many believe are crushing independent pharmacies, started out as family-owned businesses. Hartzell's Pharmacy in Catasauqua, Pennsylvania, has been in business for nearly 50 years. In 1968, Bob Hartzell purchased Sterner’s Pharmacy, a storefront that dates back to 1874, and it has remained in his family since. Vincent Hartzell, Bob’s son, now runs the pharmacy.


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