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Scott Ellis, PharmacistPungo River Pharmacy is owned and operated by Scott John Ellis. He graduated pharmacy school from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1985. He came back to Belhaven, North Carolina to take over his father’s pharmacy.

Pungo River Pharmacy is a full service, independent pharmacy offering friendly hometown health care. We accept all insurances and will special order any item that you may require.

Scott Ellis, PharmacistOur pharmacy focuses on patient care, and will not treat you like a number. We are here to provide quality healthcare which doesn’t stop at just medicine. In today’s world the relationship between the pharmacist and customer has been lost. We hope to bring that back.

If you are filling your prescription on insurance, then your copay is the same wherever you go. Why not get the most out of your money? Scott often knows patrons by name and loves to hear about what’s happening outside our pharmacy.

No mail order pharmacy could catch the same medical errors that building a personal relationship with a community pharmacist does. Mail order pharmacies are assembly lines, and their sole purpose is to make money. Building a solid foundation with your community pharmacist, no matter who it is, will guarantee you better healthcare.

Our History

JimPungo River Pharmacy was started in 1971 by James “Jim” Ellis. Jim was born in 1921 in Cincinnati, Ohio. His uncle Charlie put him through pharmacy school after World War II. Jim worked as a pharmacist for Walgreens during the 1950s and 1960s. In 1966, he felt the call of the ministry and went to Divinity School at Duke. He worked for 5 years as a Methodist minister in the Belhaven and Bath region of Eastern North Carolina. Jim decided to go back into pharmacy in 1971, but he still remained heavily involved in his church. He started Pungo River Pharmacy which is still in operation today.

ScottScott Ellis, the son of Jim Ellis, started working in Pungo River Pharmacy when it opened. He worked there up until he graduated from John A. Wilkinson High School. He then went to a bible college in upstate New York, and worked in a drug rehabilitation clinic in Pompano Beach, Florida. Two years later he decided he wanted to become a pharmacist and started his college education. Scott got his pharmacy degree at UNC Chapel Hill, and became the owner and pharmacy manager of Pungo River Pharmacy in 1985.