Pharmacy in Europe and the US: Two worlds to discover and compare


The European Pharmacists Forum (EPF) held its first seminar of 2013 on 11 and 12 March in Paris, which attracted around 200 delegates who gathered to discuss the latest developments within the industry.


Kermit Crawford, President of Pharmacy, Health and Wellness at Walgreen Co. (Walgreens), provided attendees with an exclusive introduction to a Walgreens pharmacy. Alliance Boots and Walgreens announced last June they had entered a strategic partnership to create the first global pharmacy-led, health and wellbeing enterprise.


Kermit, who has been with Walgreens for 30 years, examined the role of community pharmacy, provided an overview of the US pharmacy sector and current trends and described new innovations and services that have helped to make Walgreens the market leader in the US. His presentation was followed by a roundtable in which leaders from the pharmacy industry joined Kermit to debate pharmacy in Europe and the US.


Ornella Barra, Chief Executive Pharmaceutical Wholesale Division, Alliance Boots, reiterated how pharmacy will be one of the key priorities of the new enterprise with Walgreens during her update on Group activity: "Walgreens dedication and commitment to transform community pharmacy and further expand the scope of services it provides complements our vision at Alliance Boots. We are delighted to have Kermit join us at this special EPF and to demonstrate first-hand the great opportunities independent pharmacists will be able to benefit from within an expanded international network."


Andrew Lane, President of the EPF, added: "Once again the EPF has provided a valuable opportunity for professionals to come together to discuss recent developments and share new ideas. Alliance Boots ongoing commitment to independent pharmacy means that we can expect the profession to play an increasingly important role as the Group evolves into a truly global enterprise."

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About the European Pharmacists Forum (EPF):

The European Pharmacists Forum was established in 1999. Its main aims are to support a European and transversal approach to the profession, to bring together the pharmacist customers of Alliance Boots to discuss new ideas and share key messages, as well as to facilitate positive dialogue with public authorities and manufacturers.
Alliance Boots sponsorship of the Forum highlights its commitment to pharmacists and its desire to be seen by the healthcare sector in Europe as a key partner.


The members, who meet on a quarterly basis, represent ten countries: the United Kingdom, France, Italy, Spain,
Portugal, Turkey, the Czech Republic, the Netherlands, Switzerland and Germany.


About Alliance Boots

Alliance Boots is a leading international, pharmacy-led health and beauty group delivering a range of products and services to customers. Working in close partnership with manufacturers and pharmacists, we are committed to improving health in the local communities we serve and helping our customers and patients to look and feel their best. Our focus is on growing our two core businesses: pharmacy-led health and beauty retailing and pharmaceutical wholesaling and distribution.

Alliance Boots has a presence in more than 25* countries and employs over 116,000* people. Alliance Boots has pharmacy-led health and beauty retail businesses in 11* countries and operates more than 3,330* health and beauty
retail stores, of which just over 3,200* have a pharmacy. In addition, Alliance Boots has around 625* optical practices, of which around 185* operate on a franchise basis. Our pharmaceutical wholesale businesses supply medicines, other healthcare products and related services to more than 170,000* pharmacies, doctors, health centres and hospitals from over 370* distribution centres in 21* countries.


* Figures are approximations as at 31 March 2012 and include associates and joint ventures.

For further information, please contact:
Laura Vergani / Katie Johnson / Julie Longton Alliance Boots. Tel: +44 (0) 207 980 8585
RLM Finsbury. Tel: +44 (0) 207 251 3801