In a world that is afraid of getting sick, pharmacists are among those considered to be essential workers, carrying out the doctor’s orders for patients.
In Colusa, Davison Drugs and Stationary has been a mainstay for three generations, and now has Frank Davison behind the counter.
In Williams, Julia Davison is in the back, counting and weighing medicine at Fouch and Sons. Julia, Frank’s wife, decided to keep the name of the drug store when she purchased it 20 years ago.
One of the pharmacist’s daily requirements is to consult the patients. Since the COVID-19 pandemic, Frank said there have been a lot more questions than usual.
“People are scared so I understand,” said Frank, who has been fielding questions for patients not able to see their doctor right away. “It’s just a matter of giving them the exact information, not any opinions.”
Julia said since the shelter-in-place orders, she has been busier with people who want to ensure that they have enough of their medications on hand. Julia walks an inventory tightrope. She balances the medications she orders to have on hand to make sure there is enough for the patients without over ordering.
Frank and Julia are on top of the COVID-19 situation and they both said they follow all of the recommendations by health authorities.
“I’m a pharmacist but I am still going to listen to what the public health officials say,” Frank asserted, “and I’m going do what they say to do. They’re trained in this.”
Julia shares in this mindset.
“We’re following the guidelines as recommended by the State Board pharmacy, CDC, and then the California pharmacy Association,” Julie said.
Frank admits to being concerned about the pandemic, but mainly for the safety of his employees. This is why he is adamant about his staff using a universal precaution. Julia said that she is constantly vigilant for the care of her employees and customers, and she is keenly aware the problems that would arise for Colusa County if they both became sick.
Meanwhile, Frank said he has enjoyed witnessing the ingenuity of the public as they come in with homemade PPE.
“In the absence of an N95. I’ve seen some pretty creative things,” he said. “You got to do what you got to do.”
In addition to the pinpoint accuracy of measuring the medication, offering consultations, and ordering for all their patients, the Colusa couple shoulder the administrative responsibilities of running their small businesses.
Caring for their customers’ well being extends to the county as they donate to the community events.
The couple met when they were in pharmacy school together.
Frank said he did not feel pressure to go into the family business. Julia decided to follow in the footsteps of an aunt she admired. Currently their son is finishing up his junior year of medical school as well, although he is still weighing his options after he graduates. ■