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Madawaska pharmacist using new degree to help customers

MADAWASKA, Maine – Paul Dubois, Pharmacist and owner of Madawaska Pharmacy, has earned a Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Florida.

Dubois said he chose to earn his advanced degree in pharmacy to continually improve his abilities as a practitioner of the profession and to maintain lifelong learning. He attended clinical rotations at the University of Florida where he engaged in direct patient care and honed his ability to interpret clinical studies and medical literature and to apply that information to a real life situation.

Paul Dubois, owner of Madawaska pharmacy, earned an advanced degree from the University of Florida in May, 2016.

Paul Dubois, owner of Madawaska pharmacy, earned an advanced degree from the University of Florida in May, 2016.

Originally from Massachusetts, Dubois moved to the St. John Valley in 1989 after graduating from the University of Rhode Island with a bachelor’s degree in pharmacy. His father, Joseph Dubois, is from Fort Kent.

In 2005, Dubois opened Madawaska Pharmacy, which is located in Madawaska and has 13 employees. He married his wife Jenny, a St. John Valley native, that same year. Madawaska Pharmacy is the only independently owned pharmacy in Madawaska.

Dubois graduated Magna Cum Laude in May, and won the award for outstanding capstone project. The written project focused on anticoagulation drug therapy and is pending publication, Dubois said.

He explained that he chose the topic because “many people need that type of therapy and it’s very difficult to manage.”

Pharmacist Paul Dubois and cashier Karen Dumais are two of 13 employees at Madawaska Pharmacy, which Dubois owns.

Pharmacist Paul Dubois and cashier Karen Dumais are two of 13 employees at Madawaska Pharmacy, which Dubois owns.

“Diabetes is another big area of interest of mine, as well as high blood pressure, airway disorders, and geriatrics,” he shared, explaining that the Madawaska Pharmacy has a large long term care population from Madawaska to Houlton that it serves.

“Every patient is different and their needs are different so their drug therapy is going to be different. As a pharmacist you get the opportunity to participate in patient care. Medications can be very confusing especially if a patient is on multiple medications and they see multiple providers,” he said.

“We work with patients to understand their drug therapy and to really understand how to take their medications … That really requires an understanding of therapeutic and evidence-based medicine.”

Dubois said he values his customers and takes their needs seriously. When he saw that some customers could benefit from a free door-to-door delivery program, he added that service to the pharmacy.

“If we have a patient that needs us down in Caribou, we’ll go down to Caribou. Wherever it is, if they need us to deliver to their door we’ll do it and we’ll do it for free,” Dubois said. “Customers requested it so we did it, and it’s been a very successful program.”

Like many St. John Valley residents, Dubois said he spends a lot of time working, and sticks close to home when it comes to his free time. “I put in probably 65-70 hours per week. When I’m off I love to work in my yard … and enjoy time with the family.”

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