Small Town Colorado Pharmacist Inspiration for TV Pilot

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A pharmacist and University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy graduate from southwest Colorado is the only pharmacist for 4,000 square miles and the inspiration behind a new Hollywood television pilot.

Don Colcord and patient

A pharmacist and University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy graduate from southwest Colorado is the inspiration behind a new Hollywood television pilot.

As the only pharmacist for 4,000 square miles, Don Colcord, Pharm.D., owner of The Apothecary Shoppe in tiny Nucla, is often the first health care provider local residents see when they get sick. Colcord also provides care for many of the region’s poor and underserved residents.

The town of 734 in southwestern Colorado, is a solid 2.5 hour drive from the nearest emergency care in Durango and Grand Junction.

Yet this is not the first time Colcord has told his story. In 2012, he was profiled in The New Yorker chronicling his life in the small town, including a time when he helped save the young son of migrant workers. The child’s parents were told by the local clinic that he had the flu but Colcord recognized it as Brucellosis, a potentially deadly infection caused from contact with infected livestock or consuming unpasteurized milk. He sent them to the emergency room in Grand Junction, saving the boy’s life. The magazine article went viral, inspiring many, including Katie Jacobs.

Jacobs, who produced the hit TV show House, created a pilot series called “Dr. Del” based on Colcord’s life. The show is now being shopped around the major cable networks. Actors John Hawkes from “Deadwood,” Chloe Sevigny, and Leven Rambin from the Hunger Games have already been cast.

Colcord graduated in 1974 from the CU School of Pharmacy (now known as the CU Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences). Looking to retire soon, he hopes to find a replacement who can continue providing care to residents in the region while also embracing the life of a small town pharmacist. The TV show will focus on the life of a small town pharmacist and the importance of his role as a regional healthcare provider.

If you are interested in speaking with Dr. Colcord, please contact Ryann Nickerson at 720-726-0378.

Video on Dr. Colcord, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fGdbvBIkWgk

About University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences: Since its inception in 1911, the University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy has experienced numerous milestones and is ranked in the top 20 percent of all schools of pharmacy in the country, and fifth in the nation for total NIH funding. Committed to pharmaceutical education, research and patient care, the School educates students in the properties of medicinal agents, the biology of disease, the actions of drugs, and best practices for clinical and therapeutic uses of drugs. Located at the Anschutz Medical Campus, the University of Colorado is the only completely new education, research and patient care facility in the nation today.

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