End exclusive direct distribution arrangements now

If monopoly supply arrangements between manufacturers and pharmacies continue, there will be no back-ups to protect patients from a single point of failure in the PBS supply chain, the National Pharmaceutical Services Association (NPSA) has warned this week. Speaking at the eyeforpharma conference in Sydney, NPSA Chair Mark Hooper said exclusive direct arrangements undermined government […]

Terry White Group reports growth from the merger

Terry White Group (TWG) attributed a “significant increase” in net profit after tax (NPAT) for the financial year ended June 30 to its commitment to harness post-merger business synergies. According to the group’s financial statement, NPAT rose to $4.4 million from its 2017 loss result, which was impacted by acquisition, integration and rebranding costs following […]

Sigma invites pharmacists to be ‘part of something better’

Sigma CEO Mark Hooper, in an open letter, has invited pharmacists to “be part of something better” under the banner of Sigma Healthcare, which claims its flagship pharmacy brands have recorded like-for-like sales growth in the past six months, exceeding overall flat industry growth. “There is real momentum at Sigma,” Executive General Manager Jeff Sells […]

Keeping up with shifting expectations by customers

The second annual Ventura Health expo was held last month in the Hunter Valley of NSW, centred on the theme ‘2020: Keeping the customer in sight’. The event was held at the Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley in Lovedale, with the retail pharmacy group turning its attention to the needs of a changing pharmacy customer demographic. […]

Minfos launches its online full line product catalogue

Minfos has launched an online product catalogue that features more than 500,000 products sourced directly from suppliers. The pharmacy management software program is part of the Ebos group, which says the new functionality is aimed at helping pharmacies improve efficiency when managing their product stock cards. Now, Ebos says, customers can search the catalogue to […]

Chemist Warehouse foots grand prizes at AFL and NRL

Chemist Warehouse is again preparing for one of its biggest branded activations, with the placing of cushions filled with premium products on 100,000 seats at the Melbourne Cricket Ground ahead of the 2018 AFL grand final tomorrow (September 29). The cushion promotion was implemented for the first time at last year’s AFL grand final, and […]

PA2018: ‘one-stop shop’ to receive vital information

The Pharmacy Assistant National Conference (PA2018) is aimed at providing one of the few channels for pharmacy assistants to receive vital information on the latest industry developments and how they affect their role in the pharmacy. PA2018 (October 25-27) will include two specialised industry sessions, including a Q&A panel where delegates can question prominent industry […]

50,000 knits for Vinnies

In its 20th year, Guardian Pharmacy’s Guardian Angel knitting program has donated more than 50,000 garments to St Vincent de Paul Society (Vinnies) this past winter, in a bid to provide the 116,000 people experiencing homelessness and the three million in poverty with warm clothing. The initiative, which has provided more than two million knitted […]

Exec award finalists

The CEO Magazine has this week revealed the finalists for the 2018 Health and Pharmaceutical Executive of the Year Awards. The 2018 winners event will be held at ICC Sydney on Wednesday, November 21, hosted by TV presenters Kylie Gillies and Larry Emdur. The awards program identifies the achievements of leaders in this industry over […]

UTS Sydney team wins the National Student Business Plan Competition

The National Student Business Plan Competition winning team is from UTS Sydney. A team from the University of Technology Sydney has taken out this year’s Pharmacy Guild National Student Business Plan Competition, announced at the Pharmacy Connect conference’s gala dinner. The winning team of Ellen South, Jeannette Le, German Sanchez Henares, Hansanadee Nayana Ananda and […]