The COVID-19 pandemic has taken a significant toll on the medical community. While others are safely tucked away from the virus through continuous vitamin defense, others suffer because they lack access to quality medicine and equipment. Amid the challenges, Pharmacy One Plus pushes to provide affordable, quality medications and supplies to underserved areas in Chicago, Illinois.
Founded by entrepreneur and visionary Majd Ibrahim, together with his partner Jawad Rabi, Pharmacy One Plus addresses the gap between less fortunate areas and quality medical products. In line with its mission to make medicine more accessible for all, the pharmacy opened three new locations last year in underserved areas across Chicago, despite the challenges posed by the pandemic.
“Our pharmacy cares about you and your health. As your partner in health care, your safety and comfort are among our greatest priorities, especially in the current outbreak we are facing today,” said Majd Ibrahim.
Majd Ibrahim and Jawad Rabi strived to continually uphold their mission to positively impact society through Pharmacy One Plus. During the pandemic, amid the challenges of allocating resources, the pharmacy has given over 12,000 COVID-19 exam kits, provided medical equipment, and donated thousands to the community. Paying success forward is not something new to the company as it has relentlessly served Albany Park over the last 17 years.
Besides its strategically located stores, Pharmacy One Plus also offers free delivery, making transactions more comfortable for customers who are stuck at home. Each order is meticulously packaged in compliance with medical standards. The pharmacy is “one of the few mom and pop shops fighting for the people,” catering to the needs of over 1,000 customers every day at each location.
As a first-generation immigrant, Majd Ibrahim has also faced difficulty in accessing quality medical products in his community. “I remember we had such trouble when we went to pick up my parents’ medications as a child due to the language barrier. We also never could find at-home remedies. It truly made us feel like outsiders,” said the founder.
Because of their challenging upbringing, Majd Ibrahim and Jawa Rabi vowed to revolutionize the industry by building a pharmacy that exudes warmth and welcomes everyone to its doors. True enough, the entrepreneurs have turned their vision into a reality as Pharmacy One Plus sets an example for other companies to become more culturally inclusive and compassionate.
“It has helped me to always focus on the bigger picture,” said Majd Ibrahim. “It is always about perspective. If something small happens in the current moment, it is a leader’s responsibility to be a visionary and to put it into perspective,” the founder added.
Furthermore, Pharmacy One Plus also focuses on providing employment opportunities to underrepresented individuals, believing that everyone can serve with warmth and empathy. The pharmacy currently employs people from diverse backgrounds. Besides Americans, the company also took the initiative to hire Spanish, Russian, and Arabic speakers to eliminate the language barrier in their branches.
To learn more about Pharmacy One Plus, visit its website.