Prior to opening Waxahachie Pharmacy last year next door to the Aldi grocery store, local pharmacist Muralikrishna Narra worked for CVS and was a pharmacist in Vermont for 15 years.
During a recent visit with the Waxahachie Sun, Narra talked about how he immigrated to the United States from Vijayawada, India, in 2003.
“I attended pharmacy school in India and received my bachelor’s degree in pharmacy,” Narra said. “While I was in India I worked in the research division at a company.”
After coming to the States, he received his master’s degree in chemistry from Ohio State University.
Waxahachie Pharmacy offers the following services: pharmacy, compounding pharmacy service, immunizations, blister packing, free vitamins for kids and seniors, special pricing for the uninsured and an everyday 20% discount for seniors for over-the-counter products. The pharmacy also offers free prescription delivery.
Narra believes in helping those who don’t have insurance, who are having hard times or who cannot afford the high cost of some medications.
“I know how important it is for people to take the prescribed medication for their illnesses and I want to do everything I can to help them get those medications when they don’t have insurance,” Narra said, adding, “I have a partnership with Kim Holman at Waxahachie CARE so we can do whatever we can to help people get their prescribed medications.”
Interacting and helping his customers is something he enjoys.
As an example, he offers a free drug planner for senior citizens to help them keep up with when to take their medications.
“I have been doing this pill planner for 10 years,” he said.
Since opening his pharmacy in Waxahachie, he said he’s happy how the business has grown and that he’s seeing many repeat customers.
A special offering of Waxahachie Pharmacy is that of hand sanitizer.
Since the COVID-19 pandemic created more awareness for keeping hands clean and increased demand for hand sanitizer, Narra began making the product on-site, producing more than 200 liters during the last three months alone, with ingredients including alcohol, hydrogen peroxide and glycine.
Vanessa Rodriguez, registered pharmacy technician, spoke with the Sun about working at Waxahachie Pharmacy.
“I love working here and hope to be here a long time,” she said. “Narra is a very nice person and I enjoy working for him.”
Narra lives in Keller with his wife, who is also a pharmacist, and his two children, a 12-year-old daughter and 4-year-old son.
“I make the long drive because we don’t want to move our children out of the Keller school district,” he said. “I am hopeful that my pharmacy business will be very successful so my wife can be a stay at home mom.”
Waxahachie Pharmacy is located at 401 N. Highway 77, Suite 23B. The phone number is 214-980-1395. The webpage is http://www.waxahachiepharmacy.com/ and it can be found on Facebook and Instagram by searching Waxahachie Pharmacy. The pharmacy is open from 8:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Monday-Friday and from 9 a.m.-noon Saturday. It is closed on Sunday.