Thursday, January 17th, 2019

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NEWMAN FAMILY PHARMACY

The Neighborhood Pharmacist is Back at Last! Scott Newman’s Family Pharmacy Begins Sixth Year

by Jean Loxley-Barnard


Owner, Scott Newman, your neighborhood pharmacist

Owner, Scott Newman, your neighborhood pharmacist

Newman Family Pharmacy is more than Scott Newman’s dream come true. His ever expanding cadre of patients signal the thirst for a medical professional who owns their local pharmacy. Once the standard, where neighbors could consult a pharmacist who knew them personally, that advantage has been taking hold again.

Even though his father, Ken, was a pharmacist with the Navy, Scott had not intended to follow in his footsteps. However, his college degree in chemistry would later prove to be an early step in the right direction.


“I can save someone’s life!
I caught an error that was made
when a nursing home released a patient
without an essential medicine.
I was able to catch that error
when talking to the man’s son
because I have the time to listen
and I can ask the right questions.”

—Scott Newman


“I took a job right out of college that had nothing to do with medicine,” Scott says. “It was with Geico and paid a decent wage as an auto damage appraiser. Finally it dawned on me that I wanted a career path and I applied to pharmacy school. I had found my passion!”

His first years as a licensed pharmacist were spent working for a chain. He was using his training and was in a good, professional position. But something was missing. Scott wanted his own pharmacy and time to spend with patients he would come to know, who could depend on him being there. Newman Family Pharmacy was born in his mind and came to be just over five years ago.

When Scott describes his profession and how it was meant for him, he is excited. “I know how people react,” he says with confidence. “And in my career, nonverbal feedback is critical!” The confidence that comes with the ability to really focus on what a patient is communicating and being able to respond to their needs is an essential element of what this pharmacist does.

“I can save someone’s life!” Scott exclaims with the full awareness of what that means for him. “That happened to me just recently,” he explains. “I caught an error that was made when a nursing home released a patient without an essential medicine. I was able to catch that error when talking to the man’s son because I have the time to listen and I can ask the right questions,” Scott notes. “The man had just started coming to my pharmacy a month before, and I was able to save his life!” he repeats.

Those first five years for the passionate pharmacist living his dream were fulfilling but not easy. “I have a wonderful family,” Scott explains, “and they deserve more attention than I have been able to give them during these last five years. My wife Amanda, who has a doctorate in nursing practice, is a provider with Sentara Princess Anne, Palliative Care. She understands – and supports – my dream. All with four kids – Travis and Trevor are fraternal twins at Great Bridge High, just completing their freshman year. Daughter Abigail is 17 and Sydney is 21. They have all been there for me.

“In a nutshell, my wife and kids understand my deep commitment to my dream,” Scott says with appreciation. “The pharmacy is open every day, 77 hours a week. I am there 60-70 hours a week, sometimes well into the night to do paperwork,” Scott points out, adding, “Even when I’m not there, I’m still there!”

The kind of support Scott’s family gives him is what he wants to pay forward to the interns, students and technicians who work with him. “It takes time, but these people need training. I believe we’ve got to give back,” Scott insists. “There is an opportunity to influence when focusing on a student. And I like to think I do things the right way,” this professional smiles. “After all, I had good mentors and base my own mentoring on them.”


“In a nutshell, my wife and kids
understand my deep commitment
to my dream.
The pharmacy is open every day,
77 hours a week...
Even when I’m not there,
I’m still there!”

—Scott Newman


Finally, some legislative changes, sought by Scott and other local pharmacists, resulted in several laws being passed this last year that make it easier. This came about with the help of the politically active Virginia Pharmacists Association and their mission to move the profession in positive ways. One of the most hailed changes is better consumer pricing. That whole movement is an example of how the pharmacists who own their own businesses are seeking to help consumers get a break from excessive – and unnecessary – costs.

“We look at this as being able to help the little people - and I’m one of them,” Scott emphasizes. “I’m actually very active in the important legislative effort, and travel to make it happen. I love it to death,” he says. “I walk away with appreciation, and my customers appreciate it and show it.”

“The best thing from my professional standpoint is that this is exactly how I wanted to practice. I get to know my patients and sometimes I get to save a life,” he beams.

Scott’s next goal? “I want to grow more in non-sterile compounding. Medicines compounded specifically for an individual take a lot of time. I’d also like to serve local assisted living facilities and nursing homes.” That kind of focus on what one pharmacist can achieve for an individual neighbor who is also a patient is at the heart of Scott Newman’s dream.




Newman Family Health Mart Pharmacy

800 S. Battlefield Blvd
Chesapeake, VA 23322

757-482-0960
nfprx.com