In Focus: Bill Moore
Bill Moore, owner of Moore’s Pharmacy in Sinton and Corpus Christi, is a strong supporter of professional student pharmacists, faculty and staff at the Texas A&M Irma Lerma Rangel College of Pharmacy. He said the staff is hard at work, teaching students the importance of two parts of pharmacy: patient care and advocacy.
“Without advocacy, without having a voice that can be heard, pharmacists will not be able to counter the opposition of their profession,” Moore said. “If someone does not know what is going on in their profession, they are going to be shortchanged, which is never a good thing. Students need to be aware of the challenges that they will face while they are working.”
Moore serves on the Texas Pharmacy Business Council (TPBC) board. He has been part of the TPBC for the past two years and remains active in it. The TPBC serves as the advocacy board for independent pharmacists in Texas.
Being part of the advocacy board is beneficial for Moore and what he stands for. As a strong supporter of the Texas A&M Rangel College of Pharmacy, he regularly takes time out of his schedule to speak to students about advocacy and why it is important for them to be active in the pharmacy community.
Along with advocacy, Moore said the most important thing for students to learn is patient care. Moore has had patients go into his pharmacy with bags of medication, not knowing what each is or what it does. If this misunderstanding continues, the quality of life for patients declines.
“Pharmacy is about patient care—plain and simple. This profession is built around taking care of patients and seeing that they have a good outcome from what they are being prescribed,” he said. “Pharmacists also have to ensure that a good quality of life is being obtained by each patient. The Texas A&M Rangel College of Pharmacy is teaching this to the professional student pharmacists.”
Moore graduated from high school in Edna, Texas, in 1955. He immediately enrolled in college in Victoria, taking courses in chemical engineering, believing that was his career path. That path soon changed. In September 1956, Moore decided that he wanted to major in pharmacy, enrolling for courses at the University of Texas in Austin.
In 1960, Moore graduated from the University of Texas College of Pharmacy. Since then, he has only had three pharmacy jobs. The majority of that time—more than 48 years—has been spent at his store in Sinton.
Over the years, Moore has garnered various accomplishments, recognitions and honors. He has been the president of both the Victoria Pharmacy Association in Victoria, Texas, and the Coastal Bend Pharmacy Association in Corpus Christi. He has been elected as a board member and the president of the Texas Pharmacy Association and served as the chairman of the association’s Insurance Trust. As part of the Academy of Independent Pharmacies of Texas, Moore has served as a board member as well as the president and chairman.
With the success rate of the Texas A&M Rangel College of Pharmacy, Moore knows that students will learn everything they will need for their future professions. The best part about the college, according to Moore, is that it prepares students to serve the underserved areas of Texas, giving back to those that are truly in need. As a preceptor, he is able to teach students from the College the importance of this.
“Mr. Moore has always been there for the students of the Texas A&M Rangel College of Pharmacy and supports us to no extent,” said Brittany Bateman, a third-year professional student pharmacist. “He is easily accessible and does his absolute best in teaching us the importance of giving back to our community.”