Founded by two cousins from Cameroon, AM Pharmacy in Austin, Texas is working to change the way patients view pharmacists. After working in a mixture of research labs, hospitals, and chain pharmacies - Herve Mbanya and Abraham Aseh realized they wanted to take the way pharmacies are perceived into their own hands (starting with their slogan - “your health is our priority!”).
Herve and Abraham came to the United States 15 years ago for pharmacy school in Houston, Texas. The two cousins didn’t always plan to go into community pharmacy, but their separate experiences prior to opening up AM Pharmacy brought them to the same conclusion. According to Abraham, “the only way I could pursue all aspects of my professional life is to open my own pharmacy with someone with the same vision.”
Abraham received a degree in biochemistry and worked in a research lab at M.D. Anderson while going to pharmacy school. He was torn between being a pharmacist and working in a research lab, and even did a residency in Houston as a clinical pharmacist until landing in retail pharmacy. Herve had an engineering background that he found helpful during the more technical aspects of pharmacy school. He then worked in a hospital until deciding that he wanted to do something more technical.
Abraham and Herve both realized they wanted to combine their original passions with pharmacy, and could only do so by opening their own community pharmacy. “We are retail and compounding which allows us to pursue things in a pharmacy lab. Plus we’re also a clinical pharmacy with goals of providing clinical pharmacy services that most retail pharmacies won’t provide,” explained Abraham. “It keeps us challenged and sharp because we can’t offer clinical services without being up to date on everything. We felt it was a disservice to the public to go through all of the training to learn so much, only to be viewed by patients as people who just sit behind the counter and mix and dispense.”
Abraham and Herve’s passion for clinical services led them to the decision of offering wellness classes via RxWiki. “We are providing patient care that is beyond what you’ll get at any chain pharmacy. We want to give our patients a different view of pharmacies and let them know we’re going to take the time to teach them how to appropriately manage their conditions,” explained Herve. AM Pharmacy’s first round of wellness classes will focus on diabetes, but they plan to do other classes on asthma, weight loss, and more in order to continue helping their patients. “Every population has a need, and we are going to continue learning what that is and educating our community.”
AM Pharmacy’s broad approach is their way of showing patients how they want to take an active role in their health, and don’t want to be viewed as pill dispensers behind a counter. Says Herve, “we went into business together because we figured we would get to do pharmacy the way it should be done. We’re not just dispensing pills, we’re doing so much more.”
AM Pharmacy will hold their Diabetes Wellness Seminar on Tuesday, November 15th from 7:00pm-9:00pm at their pharmacy in Austin, Texas. For more information on AM Pharmacy’s Diabetes Wellness Class, visit their website or contact us to learn how you can provide wellness classes for your patients.