On October 26, 2022, nominated by Gov. Tom Wolf, Eric Esterbrook RPh pharmacist and owner of West Reading Drug Store began his first six-year term as an Independent Pharmacy Representative member of the PA State Board of Pharmacy. The State Board of Pharmacy consists of nine members serving on behalf of different aspects of the pharmacy profession: five Pharmacists which include two Independent Pharmacists, two Retail Chain Pharmacists, one Acute Care Institution Pharmacist, two Public Members, one Consumer Protection Member, and one Commissioner.
The Board oversees all pharmacist licenses, standards, technology, and all laws and regulations concerning the pharmacy industry in Pennsylvania.
Esterbrook explained, “when new regulations are proposed, this board weighs in on new guidelines, we take public comment, filter through changes. Our main purpose is to protect the public. We oversee disciplinary hearings and look at legislation. We meet monthly in Harrisburg. I want to represent independent pharmacies to ensure we have a voice. There are about 4,200 licensed pharmacists in PA. This is an opportunity for me to give back to my profession.”
To be selected for the Board, candidates must first be nominated by a State Senator. After the official nomination, they must submit their professional resume and other letters of recommendation. Esterbrook was nominated by Senator Judy Schwank. After reviewing all nominations Esterbrook was chosen by Gov. Wolf.
“Eric is a trusted pharmacist who has ably served the Greater Reading community for many years. He has volunteered his services on many public health issues and was among the first pharmacists in our area to initiate a vaccine program at the height of the Covid-19 pandemic. I’m certain he will serve the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania well as a member of the State Board of Pharmacy,” stated Senator Judy Schwank.
Recently, Esterbrook announced that Esterbrook Pharmacy is merging with West Reading Drug Store on January 25, 2023. The merger of the two organizations with iconic brands and deep roots in the local community will keep the exceptional individualized service customers of both pharmacies are accustomed to first and foremost. West Reading Drug Store, located at 538 Penn Ave. in West Reading, is open Monday through Friday from 8am to 7pm, Saturday from 9am to 2pm, and Sunday from 9am to 1pm. Current Esterbrook Pharmacy customers must have refills or new prescriptions filled at the West Reading Drug Store by calling 610-375-4366. A pharmacy staff member will assist them with their prescription needs.
Eric Esterbrook, RPh owner of West Reading Drug Store and Outlook Pharmacy Services is a lifelong resident of Berks County. He graduated from Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science and has more than 27 years of experience. In addition to being a member of the State Board of Pharmacy, Esterbrook is also a member of the Pennsylvania Pharmacist Association Legislative Affairs Committee.
For more information visit westreadingdrug.com.