Die erste Adresse für Taubstumme und HIV-Positive
Marien Apotheke, a pharmacy with a long-standing tradition (since 1909) in the Gumpendorf neighborhood, is not only an eye catcher – with its interior design by Walking Chair – it’s also exceptional in terms of its philosophy: Some of the pharmacists master sign language, and the team has been specialized in the care of HIV patients for many years now. The small adjacent shop offers many fine little things.
Karin Simonitsch, the current owner, was the first pharmacist in Vienna who dealt with the HI-virus and AIDS in the beginning of the 90s, motivating her to cooperate with leading doctors and be committed to the Life Ball to this day.
45 employees work at Marien Apotheke, three of them are deaf, two are CODAs (Child of Deaf Adults). For Vienna’s HIV patients the pharmacy has become one of the most important contact points.
The “Sister Blister” lights became the pharmacy’s trademark.
Another interesting service is the so-called “blister service”, the fully automatic dispensing of medicine for senior and nursing homes, mobile services, but also private persons. Following the doctor’s prescription exactly, the medicines from the original packaging are portioned individually – per date and time – into a roll of hygienically sealed mini-sachets, signed with name, birth date and instruction of intake, which comes rolled up in a plastic box.
The design studio Walking Chair takes care of the remaining blister packaging – from the material they develop the attractive ceiling light objects “Sister Blister”, which in the meanwhile have become the pharmacy’s trademark.