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Ornella Barra reaffirms Alliance Boots strategic commitment to independent pharmacy
The European Pharmacists Forum (EPF) held its second seminar of 2012 on 4 and 5 July at the Westin Hotel in Paris. Attended by leading pharmacists from across ten countries, the two-day event provided a platform for members to discuss recent developments within the industry.
"In pharmaceutical wholesale, bigger is better for independent pharmacists, manufacturers and patients who are able to benefit from great opportunities within an expanded international network. The global scale of the combination of Walgreens and Alliance Boots, together with a locally tailored approach, go hand in hand and I very much look forward to pharmacy becoming one of the key priorities of the new enterprise."
Alongside Ornella Barra, EPF members also heard from Nicolas Cartier, General Manager of Sanofi France, who looked at the relationship between manufacturers and pharmaceutical wholesalers in France, Claude Le Pen, Economics Professor at Paris-Dauphine University and Board member of the College of the Health Economists, who investigated the perspectives and challenges of the French pharmacy business model and Joaquim Fausto Ferreira, Managing Director of Alliance Healthcare France, who provided an overview of the French pharmaceutical wholesale market.
The EPF was also delighted to welcome as a new member French pharmacist Herve' Thoraval who has more than 30 years' experience in pharmacy and is President of Alphega Pharmacy France.
Andrew Lane, President of the EPF, commented: "While pharmacists value their independence, having a collective voice at a European level is increasingly important, so the regular EPF seminars have become a ‘must' for independent pharmacists and manufacturers to share ideas, as well as facilitate dialogue on the future of the profession.
"As the new strategic partnership between Alliance Boots and Walgreens demonstrates, the healthcare market is evolving rapidly and there are considerable exciting opportunities to be seized. I firmly believe the EPF will play an even bigger role in the future."
About the European Pharmacists Forum (EPF):
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
About Alliance Boots
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.