Fritz Maurer, Registered Pharmacist and owner of Maurer's Apothecary on East U.S. 40, in Brazil,was recently chosen President of the Community Pharmacies of Indiana.
According to its mission statement, the purpose of the state organization is "to promote the preservation, prosperity and professional growth of Indiana's Independent Community Pharmacies in order to provide excellence in patient care."
Maurer is the son of Lois Rugenstein and the late Dr. George Maurer, who practiced dentistry locally until he died in 1956. He and his wife, Judy, have four children, Elisha, Mitch, Marcus and Michael.
The 1973 Purdue graduate has had his independent pharmacy located in the Pell complex for 20 years.
As well as prescriptions, his store offers hospital equipment such as beds, chairs, commodes and oxygen, nutritional counseling, and a small over-the-counter selection with a few sundries.
"One goal of the CPI is to promote the influx of young pharmacists who want to become community pharmacists," Maurer said.
He explained that with the legislative power of the big chains it is extremely difficult for the small independent pharmacy to survive.
"We work through the legislative process," Maurer said. "We can educate and council diabetics. But to get to that point we had to pass a bill to include pharmacists as health care providers.
"And we passed a law that someone can't be forced to have mail order unless they want to. Some insurance providers made it mandatory that, after a prescription was filled initially, the customer had to use mail order or the insurance company wouldn't pay.
"Customers should have the right to stay locally if they want," Maurer said. "Insurance cards have caused cost shifting. The cost is shifted to people who don't have them which includes the elderly and a lot of the self employed."
When asked about his new position and the goals for his tenure, Maurer said, "It's kind of fun. We have accomplished some things. I hope to benefit the consumer and give back to them what was taken away."