Newport is blessed to have the iCare Pharmacy, owned by Eric and Katrina Shoffner, located adjacent to Unity Health - Harris Medical Center. The couple are graduates of Newport High School and love the Newport community. Eric Shoffner graduated from NHS in 1982 and attended Harding University before completing his Doctor of Pharmacy from UAMS. Katrina Cox Shoffner is a 1984 graduate from Newport, completed a Bachelor’s Degree in Education, and later a Master’s degree in Educational Theory and Practice/Administration from Arkansas State University. Katrina served the Newport School District as an elementary teacher, junior high math coach and later as part of the administrative staff. At the end of the 2017-18 school year, Katrina made the decision to leave education and join Eric running the pharmacy. The iCare Pharmacy opened on May 15th, 2017.
As a pharmacist, Eric spent most of his career working for the Wal-Mart Corporation as a pharmacist as well as upper management. While traveling for work, Eric often stopped in Newport to visit his parents before travelling to his home in Fort Smith. On one particular trip, he decided to attend a Greyhound football game. Little did the couple know, that visit as old friends would lead to marriage, six years now. They spent time catching up and soon began to date. The couple spent time travelling between Eric’s home in Tennessee and Newport. The couple were married in February 2012 and have four children; Chris (28 years), Gary (25 years), Will (23 years), and Katlin (21 years).
Eric Shoffner left Wal-Mart to open his own pharmacy. He left Wal-Mart on September 11th, 2016. Although the couple already owned a pharmacy in Crossett, it wasn’t long before Eric was approached by Darren Caldwell to open a pharmacy in Newport. Eric could not help but remember the words of his grandmother, “You know when a community dies? It dies when it loses the hospital, school and post office. When one closes, the others follow.”
The couple share a passion for the struggle of Diabetic patients. The number of community members suffering from the illness is overwhelming. The couple are adopting a program to provide a diabetic meter to all their patients. Another passion is the fight against the Opioid Epidemic. The pharmacy invests money and time to sponsor the April and October Drug Takeback Initiative. The last event collected over 75 pounds of pills to be incinerated.
Eric plays an active role in the lives of pharmacy students. The pharmacy sponsors students from all over the country to come work in the pharmacy.” He helped Harding Pharmacy begin the pharmacy program and continues to remain involved. He received the 2014 Bowl of Hygieia Award which recognizes pharmacists who possess outstanding records of civic leadership in their communities and encourages pharmacists to take active roles in their communities. Award recipients devote their time, talent, and resources to a wide variety of causes and community service.
Newport is proud to have Eric and Katrina and the caring staff at iCare Pharmacy.