Diana Harshbarger, PharmD

Diana Harshbarger, PharmD

PHARMACY: Consulting pharmacist, Premiere Pharmacy, Kingsport, Tenn.

AGE: 60

FAMILY: Married to Bob; one son, Robert; two grandsons, ages 5 and 3.

EDUCATION: Mercer University College of Pharmacy, 1987.

TRAILBLAZER: Diana was born and raised in Tennessee and was the first person in family to graduate from high school and college. As a newlywed, she typed her husband’s pharmacy school class notes. As she typed, she became interested in the subject and decided to become a pharmacist too.

HOUSE-BOUND: Diana won the GOP primary in August in what she calls a “ruby-red district.” Barring the unforeseen, she’ll be representing Tennessee’s First Congressional District in the House of Representatives in January.

DOING IT FOR THE KIDS: In her 30-plus years in pharmacy, Diana has always been interested in advocacy, especially around issues pertaining to independent pharmacy, compounding issues, and overregulation. But in the last few years, her interest intensified. “When you have grandchildren, something changes. You want to make the world better.”

WHEN DIANA GETS TO WASHINGTON: She says she’ll apply the problem-solving skills she’s honed as a pharmacy owner to her job as a member of Congress. And she plans to explain PBM overreach to her colleagues. “When you really explain how PBMs work, people can’t believe it.”

PHARMACY PASSION: Taking care of patients has always motivated her, Diana says. “When someone comes to you for help, and you come up with a solution that can change their life and give them hope, that’s just the best reward.”

NCPA’S VALUE TO ME: “NCPA is a voice for pharmacists who otherwise wouldn’t have a voice.”

Diana’s candidacy is supported by NCPA PAC. For more about Diana and her campaign, visit www.votediana.com.