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June 23, 2021
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Medly Spotlight: Ricky DaCosta, Regional Manager

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At Medly, we combine free, same-day prescription delivery with expert, always-on customer care to communities throughout the nation. Our employees work to provide accessible and personalized care, to each of our patients, and to extend that care beyond the doctor’s office.

This week, we’re excited to highlight another member of our team - Regional Manager, Ricky DaCosta.

Read below to find out more about Ricky DaCosta and his background, interests, and journey to Medly!

Tell us a little about yourself.

I was born in Jamaica, West Indies, and moved to the United States when I was a young child. I’m a Brooklynite. I live in Flatbush, previously in Crown Heights, with my wife, my three girls, and I recently became a grandfather (Big Pop). I love to read and have a thing for always learning new information. I also love to workout and exercise and spend time with my family.

I’m a tremendous sports fan; New York Yankees, New York Knicks, Brooklyn Nets, New York Rangers & New York Giants. I have a sports background; I’ve played professionally overseas & worked with the New York Yankees when they won the championship in their new stadium that was built in 2009.

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Why did you decide to work in the healthcare industry?

I decided to work in the healthcare industry when one of my older brothers passed away in my early 20s. There is nothing more valuable in this life than your health, and when my brother passed away it ignited that fire in me to be in the healthcare industry. It was my calling to understand medicine from a molecular level and how medicine interacts with the human body.

What’s your role at Medly?

My current role is Specialty Manager. I’ve had other roles since the genesis of Medly, 2017.

Why did you choose Medly?

I chose Medly because it was the first time in over 12 years that a CEO, Marg Patel, sold me on the vision of the company (from where we were at commencement to where we will be in five years). I had an emotional attachment to that vision. I also knew at some point the traditional, antiquated way of traditional pharmacies would come to an end. I knew that I could help completely scale this business right away, in a short period of time, and change the landscape of specialty pharmacy.

In your opinion, how is Medly different from other pharmacies?

Medly is different because of the people. Having a vision is one thing, but finding the right people to execute it is what makes the difference. We have smart, knowledgeable people that have worked in this industry & have all made a significant impact in some way, shape, or form in their previous ventures. When you bring that together nothing can stop you.

In your opinion, how is working for Medly different from other companies you’ve worked for?

Our leadership team has always believed in what I can bring to the table, and have allowed me to execute. I always knew our work would be about relationships and how you can leverage that to bring in business. When you have people that trust and believe in you, and not in a cliché way, it brings out the best in you. I always knew I had a team of supporters that was ready to go the extra mile to help me succeed.

What’s your favorite part of your job?

My favorite part of this job is helping others. I always wake up in the morning thinking, “What can I do to help the next person?” How can I help the next person be a better salesperson, how can I help the next patient have a better medical outcome, how can I help providers enhance their medical practice?

Do you have a favorite Medly story about a patient or provider?

I think some of my best stories came from when I first started and none of my manufacturing rep friends knew what specialty pharmacy. They didn’t understand why I would transition from pharmaceuticals to specialty. Now they all realize how significant of a role it played helping their businesses get reliable medication to the patient’s door.

Now for some fun stuff. What is your favorite food, favorite movie and what do you like to do for fun?

In a nutshell, I am a plant-based eater (Love Sea Moss Gel). I love to read and learn something new every day - the most recent book I finished was The Richest Man in Babylon by George Classon. I also love to spend time and travel with my family, and watch and play sports.

About Medly Employee Spotlights

Medly is filled with all kinds of people united in their passion to help others. We’re grateful for the commitment and contributions that our talented team makes every day. In this series, we’re sitting down with Medly team members to get their unique perspective on what it’s like to work at Medly and support our growing community of patients and providers.

Medly is hiring! To join our growing team, check out our careers page. Who knows? Maybe we’ll be shining the spotlighting on you next.

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