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Press releases & Articles

3 March


European Pharmacists Forum publishes White Paper: "The role of pharmacy in supporting the public's health"

The European Pharmacists Forum (EPF) has today published its first ever White Paper entitled - "The role of pharmacy in supporting the public's health" - in which it identifies five key healthcare areas where pharmacies will be able to make the maximum impact on improving the health of the population.
1 July


Cosmétique Magazine

"Alphega Pharmacy supports the pharmacist"
French beauty trade publication Cosmétique Magazine included an article on Alphega Pharmacie France which highlights the benefits of the network and its plans for growth in France. A short profile of Hervé Thoraval has been featured in the publication, described amongst leading individuals in the French pharmacy sector.
11 May


Moniteur des Pharmacies et des Laboratoires

" Nous n'avons pas le droit à l'erreur"
"We must get it right"

French magazine "le Moniteur des Pharmacies" published an interview of Philippe Gaertner who has just been re-elected for a third mandate as President of the Federation of pharmaceutical unions of France (FSPF) on the 26th March. Interview by Magali Clausener and Laurent Lefort.
22 April


Chain Drug Review

Forum assesses the changing role of pharmacy

Leading US trade magazine, Chain Drug Review, features a series of articles focused on the Alphega Pharmacy network and European Pharmacist Forum. Written by Scot Meyer
30 March


Chemist + Druggist - "A transatlantic challenge"

"After their merger last year, Boots and US giant Walgreens are looking to share ideas that will have ramifications across the entire UK pharmacy sector." Written by Emma Weinbren
"It's nine months since Alliance Boots' landmark deal with US pharmacy chain Walgreens, and neither company can be accused of dragging its heels. At the time, the two pharmacy giants set out plans to create savings of up to £95 million between them as part of their vision to become a "global healthcare leader". 
Stefano Pessina, executive chairman of Alliance Boots, vigorously refuted fears that the US company would simply take over the Boots brand. "Why would I do a deal that killed Boots?" he asked critics.
So far, it appears both players have kept their word. Speaking to C+D at the European Pharmacists Forum in Paris earlier this month, chief executive of Alliance Boots' wholesale division Ornella Barra stresses that the projected cost savings have been the partnership's initial priority.
Kermit Crawford, president of pharmacy, health and wellness at Walgreens, seems eager to learn from Boots rather than simply imposing the Walgreens model on the UK." "We're transforming our format," he enthuses. "When you see the Boots format – the expertise in beauty – that's expertise we don't have... we're bringing that to our front end." With Walgreens poised to buy out the remaining 55 per cent of Alliance Boots in two years' time, this shared learning is likely to continue. So what could the merger mean for Boots, its pharmacists and pharmacy teams?
18 March


Le Quotidien du Pharmacien

Written by Stephane Lemasson
« Europe-United States : where is the future of the Pharmacy »
12 March


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 enterpris
1 September


P3 Magazine – A Strong Dose of Reality

In the following article, Mike Smith, an EPF member, expresses his concern regarding the pressure applied on the European pharmacists. Driving down margins, reducing drug costs, providing some stability for the independent pharmacists are growing areas of concern. Mike Smith urges for solutions which can be provided by the EPF platforms who gives key solutions in term of good practices and mutual interest for the independent community
5 July


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.
8 March


European Pharmacists Forum hosts its first seminar of 2012 in Germany

The European Pharmacists Forum (EPF) held its first seminar of the year on 7 and 8 March 2012 in Berlin. This was the first EPF seminar to be held in this country, following Germany becoming a member of the EPF last year.
2 December


European Pharmacists Forum hosts final seminar of 2011

The European Pharmacists Forum (EPF) today concluded its fourth seminar of 2011 in Monaco.
17 October


Andrew Lane - New EPF President

Andrew Lane has been appointed as the new president of the EPF, succeeding João Silveira who is stepping down as President after completing his three-year term in the role.
11 July


Milestone for European Pharmacists Forum as membership expands to Germany

The European Pharmacists Forum (EPF) reached a milestone recently as two German pharmacists and one Italian pharmacist were announced as the forum's newest members during the latest EPF seminar, which took place on 5 and 6 July 2011 in Istanbul, Turkey.
28 March


European Pharmacists Forum expands its membership and launches new website

The European Pharmacists Forum (EPF) has recently expanded its membership to include Turkey, increasing the number of countries currently represented from eight to nine. The EPF website has also been re-launched with a refreshed look and feel, incorporating the EPF's brand new logo and visual identity. 

13 October 2010


European Pharmacists meet in Edinburgh

Independent pharmacists from across Europe gathered in Edinburgh this week for the European Pharmacists Forum's (EPF) third seminar of 2010. The seminar, which was held at the Balmoral Hotel in the heart of Edinburgh, brought together EPF members from eight countries to share their experiences and address the major issues affecting pharmacy.

4 December 2009

10th anniversary of the European Pharmacists Forum:
a decade of supporting independent pharmacists across Europe

The final European Pharmacists Forum (EPF) seminar of 2009 has today concluded in Florence, marking ten years since the EPF was first established in 1999. To recognise this occasion which took place on 3 and 4 December, EPF members reflected on the progress that has been made in the years since it began its work.

9 October 2009


European Pharmacists Forum comes to London

The third European Pharmacists Forum (EPF) seminar of 2009 has today concluded in London, bringing together independent pharmacists from across Europe to discuss key issues affecting pharmacy and share ideas.