Long-time Bellville pharmacist, caregiver retiring after four decades with Hursh Drug


By Louise Swartzwalder - lswartzwalder@civitasmedia.com



Louise Swartzwalder | The Star Dan Snavely is retiring after a long career at Hursh Drug. He trained under the direction Dick Hursh.

Louise Swartzwalder | The Star Dan Snavely is retiring after a long career at Hursh Drug. He trained under the direction Dick Hursh.


A man who’s been a fixture at a Bellville business — Dan Snavely — is looking to the future.

HIs first order of business after retiring as pharmacist at Hursh Drugs will be to travel and go to California to see his son.

“Two weeks from today” (last Wednesday) Snavely will be in California, he said. His son has moved there. Snavely has been a pharmacist in this area since the 1960s, when he graduated from school at the Ohio State University.

“You know everybody” in a place like this, Snavely said.

“It’s just different than a big city. You know parents. You know the offspring,” he said.

Although he is privy to much private health information about people, he says giving people”the benefit of the doubt has always woprked for me.”

“Everybody gets sick sooner or later,” he said.

Sanvely started out in pre-med at Ohio Sate. But he said friends “told me about pharmacy” and he came to learn that it would be a “little less demanding.”

Wayne Mougans, who had been a pharmacist at Hursh, also influenced him to pursue that career.

Pharmacy is a five-year course of study.

He said his career is a challenge.

“Probably keeping up” is the most difficult, he said. It’s “constant study. All the information that’s out there,” he said.

Work in pharmacy has changed from the time he started, he said. In school, he had to study compounding of ointments, creams and liquids.

It’s “rare anymore” for anyone to do that type of compounding.

“Everything is manufactured,” he said.

There were “stability issues”with things that had been compounded, he said.

The regard generic drugs have also has changed, he said.

“At first,” he said, they “developed a reputation” that they were not as good.

“Now,” he said, some generic houses are bigger than others.

His pharmacy “only deals with the best,” he said. But that is “not to say there aren’t schlock houses out there.”

Snavely worked at an intern in the 1960s with Dick Hursh, he said. He worked for a year in Mount Vernon and at a store in Mansfield owned by Hursh. He co-managed the Bellville store then becames manager. Wayne Williams now owns Hursh Drugs.

Louise Swartzwalder | The Star Dan Snavely is retiring after a long career at Hursh Drug. He trained under the direction Dick Hursh.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/39/2016/05/web1_20160427_104609.jpgLouise Swartzwalder | The Star Dan Snavely is retiring after a long career at Hursh Drug. He trained under the direction Dick Hursh.

By Louise Swartzwalder

lswartzwalder@civitasmedia.com

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