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Gregory Hovander, R.Ph.
Greg Hovander has been a pharmacist for 43 years. In the mid 1970’s, he started the first Class A pharmacy and implemented clinical pharmacy services for the Farm Workers Family Health Center in Toppenish, Washington. Under the leadership of Guillermo Castaneda, Greg served migrant as well as local Hispanic farm workers and expanded pharmacy services to numerous clinics in Central Washington. In addition, he was the chair of the first task force considering prescriptive authority for pharmacists. Greg also wrote the first community pharmacy prescriptive authority protocol so pharmacists could better serve the community.
When his career led him to Monroe, Washington, Greg initiated pharmacy services for the state Special Offenders Center and the Monroe Family Practice health clinic. He was instrumental in introducing generic substitution and providing translation for Spanish-speaking patients in the area. Soon his services extended to the East County Senior Center. In addition, Greg also put effort into seeking reimbursement from third parties for cognitive services provided by pharmacists.
Currently, Greg is sole proprietor of Sultan Pharmacy & Natural Care, which specializes in natural, dietary, and self-care in conjunction with medical care.