A local pharmacist and business owner is being lauded for his management skills and clinical services.
Mohamed Hasanine, a pharmacist and the owner of Agassiz Remedy’sRx and Seabird Pharmacy in Agassiz, is the recipient of the 2016 Leadership in Pharmacy Award, which was presented by the BC Pharmacy Association (BCPhA) in Kelowna on May 27.
This award recognizes a pharmacist-owner or manager who is committed to supporting their staff pharmacists and who provides outstanding clinical service to patients.
“I have a lot of passion for pharmacy,” Hasanine said. “It’s not only a profession for me, it’s a way of life. I see it as going to meet my extended family every day.”
During his four years in Agassiz so far, Hasanine, who has serviced the community for four years so far, shared a patient-focused approach to pharmacy care.
Hasanine and his business partner Tareq Youssef have worked to provide services and supplies custom tailored to seniors in the community, such as medication reviews, custom compounding, free prescription delivery, diabetes support and an increased selection of home health care supplies and medical dressings.
Recently, Hasanine and Youssef partnered with Seabird Island Band to open up a second location, Seabird Pharmacy, to serve the needs of a nearby First Nations reserve.
With a personal goal to achieve a new certification or level of training every year, Hasanine boasts a long list of additional education, which he uses to support his growing community of customers: BC Injection certificate, Art of Compounding training (University of Florida), Canadian Diabetes Educator certificate, ADAPT certificate in patient counselling skills, Lap Monitoring course and Travel Medicine for Pharmacists.
In addition to his pharmaceutical work, Hasanine is a member of the local Lions chapter and past board member of the Agassiz-Harrison Community Drivers – a volunteer service that provides rides to seniors in need.
He was also recently nominated by the District of Kent as a health-care member of the Agassiz-Health Committee.