The head of the Pharmacy and his passion for pharmaceutical and medical sciences
André Farkouh, M.D., Ph.D., took over the concession for the “Apotheke zum Schutzengel” in the Vienna Währing district in July 2015. He is a pharmacist and physician.
He was born in Vienna and his interest in pharmacy started from his father’s side, in the cradle so to speak: his grandfather, father and uncle had graduated in Pharmaceutical Sciences and worked as pharmacology professionals in different positions. André Farkouh’s father contributed important research and development work to the Austrian pharmaceutical industry and his uncle ran a hospital pharmacy in the USA.
As a teenager he wanted to pursue a career as a physician. His father warned him at the time (the doctor shortage of today was not an issue then): “As a doctor, you will not find a job!”
Hence, after graduating with a Masters Degree in Pharmacy from the University of Vienna, he gained his doctorate in the Department of Clinical Pharmacy and Diagnostics. At the Vienna General Hospital, the young pharmacist also studied antimicrobial chemotherapy.
His interest in medicine, however, had only been sleeping and was reawakened by various experiences through his pharmaceutical studies. In 2002, he therefore enrolled at the Vienna University (hereafter: Medical University of Vienna) and completed part-time medical studies. After that, he went on to gain practical experience as a physician before finally returning to his original calling as a professional pharmacist.
At first, he practiced in very different Viennese pharmacies. He worked on the counter in the 1st, 2nd, 8th, 9th, 10th, 16th and 18th districts which enabled him to gain valuable work and life experience, before deciding in 2015 to take on a new challenge with the acquisition of his own pharmacy.
André Farkouh places high emphasis on the use of so-called evidence-based medicine which is based on patient-oriented decisions being taken on the basis of actual proven efficacy. This is especially important in the care of patients following multiple regimes (polypharmacy) which sees specialisation as a core competence of the pharmacist, thus helping to ensure the safety of the drugs and therapies and to increase the quality of life of patients.
A major issue for André Farkouh is the practical training of aspiring pharmacists attending training courses. He has been teaching young colleagues in the subject pharmacology on behalf of the Austrian Chamber of Pharmacists for several years. His focus is the desire to awaken enthusiasm for the profession of pharmacy and help the graduates finish having picked up lots useful tips and ready for professional responsibility.
In his pharmacy „Apotheke zum Schutzengel” he is supported by a great team who prioritise the welfare of patients and customers with high competence and team spirit every day. The high professional level is maintained through ongoing development.
In 2006, he began working as a researcher and lecturer at the Department of Clinical Pharmacy and Diagnostics, University of Vienna. André Farkouh is author or co-author of numerous scientific publications. As a reviewer, he assesses the quality of submitted scientific papers for prestigious international journals.