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Pharmacy Alumnus is Now His Own Boss

By Lauren Whetzel-Siburkis

Rene RodriguezAfter 15 years of working in pharmacies, Rene Rodriguez PharmD'08 is now his own boss.

Rodriguez has put his Philadelphia College of Pharmacy education and experience to use by opening the doors of Tens Pharmacy, the only independent pharmacy in the Roseland/Essex Fells, New Jersey area. The store opened to the public on Monday, Aug. 3, but held its official grand opening celebration on Friday, Nov. 20.

Although Rodriguez is a resident of Parsippany, his decision to open a location in Roseland stemmed from hearing positive feedback about the area.

“This location caught my eye because the shopping center was really busy,” he said. “Eagle Rock Avenue is a great street with lots of small businesses. I read a lot about Roseland and it is a great place for that.”

Rodriguez has been working as a pharmacist for the past eight years after earning his doctor of pharmacy degree from University of the Sciences. However, he began his journey working in both independent and chain pharmacies nearly 15 years ago because of his keen interest in medicine and helping people around him live better.

Watching his father’s success with his business growing up inspired Rodriguez to pursue a similar path.

“My father definitely inspired me growing up,” he said. “Watching him putting the time and dedication made [owning a business] something I’ve always gravitated towards.

For Rodriguez, he plans to use his business to zero in on the needs of the patient and ensure their health is top-priority.

“My goal for the public is to care for everybody and make sure everyone’s living better and well-informed about the medication they take,” he said. “I want them to have less problems and have to go to the doctor less.”

He adds that while chain pharmacies have their place in the business, independent pharmacies offer a more personal approach to medication dispensing, as the business can work one-on-one with the patient in a way that big stores cannot.

“I’ve worked in a lot of independent pharmacies, and we’re more focused on working individually with the customers and providing the best customer service,” he said.

Rodriguez said that smaller pharmacies tend to focus more on customer service rather than the number of prescriptions filled or the amount of money being made. “We are more about the patients and seeing family’s grow. It’s more about the patients for the smaller guys,” Rodriguez said. “My goal is to call everybody by their first name when they come in.”

Tens Pharmacy not only focuses on the patient’s comfort by building personal relationships, but by offering medicine delivery as well. Rodriguez explained that the pharmacy will deliver medication straight to households free-of-charge, allowing patients who are sick to receive treatment right to their doorsteps. He also plans to make personal accommodations for patients who may be inconvenienced when picking up their medications.

“If a patient goes on vacation, we can work ways around that because I do not want to see anyone go without meds,” he said.

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