15 years ago, cousins Herve and Abraham Mbanya, owners of AM Pharmacy in Austin, Texas, came to the United States to attend pharmacy school in Houston. They hadn’t always planned to go into community pharmacy, but their separate experiences before opening up AM Pharmacy brought them to the same conclusion.
“The only way I could pursue all aspects of my professional life was to open my own pharmacy with someone with the same vision,” Abraham said.
Combining Their Passion for Pharmacy
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 useful during the more technical aspects of pharmacy school. He then worked in a hospital until deciding that he wanted to do something more involved.
Abraham and Herve realized they wanted to combine their original passions with pharmacy, and could only do so by opening their own retail and specialty compounding pharmacy.
“We’re providing clinical pharmacy services that most retail pharmacies won’t,” Abraham said. “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, only to be viewed by patients as people who just sit behind the counter and mix and dispense.”
AM Pharmacy provides over-the-counter pharmacy and compounding services for patients and providers, as well as immunizations, long-term care, and medication therapy management. The cousins’ passion for clinical services led them to offer wellness classes through Digital Pharmacist.
Wellness Classes for Patient Care
Part of our digital marketing package, Digital Pharmacist’s wellness classes help pharmacies improve patient recruitment and retention and increase adherence through education. These interactive courses cover six prominent healthcare topics, including:
- Smoking Cessation
- Weight Loss
- High Cholesterol
Created for patients and healthcare professionals by our in-house pharmacist, wellness class modules combine video presentations with interactive handouts and assessments for dynamic learning.
Pharmacies can opt to add our wellness classes to their pharmacy website, so patients can access them at their convenience. They can also choose to present the classes themselves using our teacher-only materials and marketing support to generate extra revenue.
Whether you just want additional health content for your site or hope to build another income stream, our interactive wellness classes can help you support patient health.
AM Pharmacy’s broad approach is their way of showing patients how they want to take an active role in their health, not just sell them pills behind a counter.
“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,” Herve said. “We’re not just dispensing pills, we’re doing so much more.”
Learn how you can support patient health and adherence with wellness classes by contacting us today.