November 18, 2008

Alphega Pharmacy, the network of independent pharmacists sponsored by the Pharmaceutical Wholesale Division of Alliance Boots, recently held its annual European Convention, bringing together independent pharmacists from six countries. The theme of this year’s Convention was ‘Fit for the Future’ and during the course of the two days, pharmacists were given the opportunity to share best practice and learn about how Alphega Pharmacy can help them prepare for the challenges that lie ahead for the pharmacy profession. Guest speakers at the event included representatives from leading pharmaceutical manufacturers.

Over the past year, Alphega Pharmacy has been launched in three countries - the UK, Czech Republic and Russia – doubling the European presence of the network in just one year. The network was already present in France, Italy and Spain. There are plans to launch the Alphega Pharmacy concept in other markets in the future.

Alphega Pharmacy has also expanded its membership over the last few months and now has more than 1,400 members, which represents an increase by more than 50% since last year.

Ornella Barra, Board Member and Wholesale & Commercial Affairs Director of Alliance Boots and also founder of the European Pharmacists Forum (EPF), comments: “The Alphega Pharmacy concept is becoming more established – it has now been launched in six countries and membership is growing rapidly. This event has been an excellent opportunity for us to demonstrate our commitment to developing Alphega Pharmacy as a benchmark brand and to supporting independent pharmacy throughout Europe.”

Caitlin Sorrell, Director of Alphega Pharmacy Europe, adds: “We are delighted with the success of this year’s convention. Alphega Pharmacy is an exciting concept for independent pharmacists and we have shown Alphega Pharmacy members how they can benefit from the broad range of services to help them increase their profitability, whilst remaining independent.”



Editor's Notes:

Alliance Boots is an international pharmacy-led health and beauty group with two core businesses, pharmacy-led health and beauty retailing and pharmaceutical wholesaling. Working in partnership with manufacturers and pharmacists, the Group delivers a range of products and services that help millions of consumers and patients look and feel their best. Formed on 31 July 2006, Alliance Boots is privately owned and employs over 110,000* employees. It has a presence in over 20* countries operating over 370* pharmaceutical wholesale warehouses delivering to over 135,000* pharmacies, doctors, health centres and hospitals. It operates more than 3,200* health and beauty retail outlets, of which over 2,900* have a pharmacy dispensing more than 210 million* items each year.

*    Figures stated are as at 31 March 2008, are approximate and include associates and joint ventures.

Alphega Pharmacy is a leading network of independent pharmacists in Europe.  Members retain their independence while enjoying the full support of the Alliance Healthcare businesses in their countries.  Its central aim is to help improve the quality of health in communities across Europe by developing a benchmark independent community pharmacy model. Membership encompasses a range of added-value services including branding, professional training and patient care, retail support services, supply benefits and pharmacy support.

For further information, please contact:

Yves Romestan / Zoe Farthing
Alliance Boots 
Tel: +44 (0) 1932 871569

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