An African American male starting his own business in the 1960s was not an easy task. However, challenges were nothing new to Pharmacist Lester Carter and on April 1, 1968, he opened Carter Drug Store, one of two Black owned drug stores in Milwaukee for 47 years.
After completing rigorous study and training at Creighton University’s School of Pharmacy, Pharmacist Lester Carter literally worked his way up – from soda fountain clerk to a pharmacist position.
“In the back of my mind I knew I always wanted to get the best training humanly possible and to have a first class community pharmacy,” said Carter, who is also a herbologist and responsible for several formulas used for many stubborn medical problems, including scalp ringworm and razor bumps. Pharmacist Carter has trained many young pharmacy graduates, and reminds young people there is no substitute for hard work and dedication to scholastic excellence to be successful in life.
Dr. Lester L. Carter Jr, RPh, offers advice on everything from cancer and diabetes to arthritis and kidney and liver health. Learn the uses of aloe vera, witch hazel, milk thistle, and valerian root.
As Jesse Garza notes in the Journal Sentinel profile: "Carter doesn't poo-poo the value of prescription medications, but he urges patients and physicians to keep their minds open to natural alternatives, especially if prescription medications cause painful or dangerous side effects."