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5,000 and rising
If anyone still needs evidence that pharmacists are willing to grasp
opportunities to provide health services, here it is.
Last month generic pharmaceuticals
supplier, Apotex, reached a milestone by
running its 5,000th Health Awareness Clinic
since its in-store health clinic program
began in 2007. It was a heart health clinic
run at Palms Pharmacy in Coffs Harbour.
Apotex Marketing Director, Lisa Golden
said: 'Apotex is proud to have reached
this milestone -- we are true believers in
community health and raising health
awareness through our accessible
APO-Wellness clinics at local pharmacies.
We are delighted that Palms Pharmacy
hosted our 5000th clinic.'
Palms Pharmacy is also a member of the
Pharmacy Choice program.
Mal Leith from Palms Pharmacy
said: 'Our local customers find the
APO-Wellness clinics run by Apotex are
very professional, informative and they
get peace of mind knowing they are being
proactive about their health. The clinics
are a wonderful service to our customers,
whose health we take as top priority.
'We believe pharmacy plays an integral
role in advising and maintaining the
health of our customers, and our
customers appreciate our involvement
with their health.'
Apotex has 19 Apo-Wellness clinic health
topics available to pharmacies nationwide
-- ranging from Sun Awareness to Flu
Vaccinations, with each clinic aiming
to better inform the public about their
health. This year the Company launched
Planning for Pregnancy and Men's Health
and will launch two more topics in 2015.
Since they began in 2007 the number and
range of clinics has increased each year.
In the past two years there has been a
sharp increase in numbers. In 2013 Apotex
ran more than 1,100 clinics and expects to
run more than 2,000 this year.
Lisa Golden said that the APO-Wellness
health awareness clinics were a valuable
service Apotex offers its customers.
'We know that pharmacies are looking for
new ways to connect and engage with
their customers and offering beneficial
health checks and valuable advice is a vital
part of this.'
APO-Wellness clinics are delivered by
Registered Nurses using state-of-the-art
medical technology and a three step
approach of assessment, education and
Dutton supports ownership
and location rules
The Federal Government has reiterated
its strong support for the existing
community pharmacy location and
Speaking on Lateline (ABC television)
on 8 September Health Minister Peter
Dutton said the Government believed
'strongly in the model that we've got at
the moment and I think we can enhance
community pharmacy through the
six community pharmacy agreements
and we are looking forward to those
When asked by host Emma Alberici
why Coles and Woolworths should not
be allowed to operate pharmacies like
supermarkets in the UK and the US,
Mr Dutton said: 'Nobody's convinced
us of the need for Coles and Woolies
to run pharmacy and we've said very
specifically at the last election and since
then that we want to make sure that
pharmacy -- the pharmacy location rules
and the pharmacy ownership rules don't
change and that's the basis upon which
we enter these [6CPA] negotiations.'
Mr Dutton also said he accepted 'to a
degree' that pharmacies are protected
from competition from the likes of
Woolworths and Coles in a way that
many other businesses haven't been.
'But I would say that given the presence
of the banner groups and the discount
groups within pharmacy now, this is far
from a cottage industry. It's certainly
the case that there is a great depth
of competition within the pharmacy
space and many of these players within
pharmacy, the common banner groups
that people know that pharmacies
to operate under, they have a lot of
competition in place. And I'm assured
that we are getting good value out
of community pharmacy, but again,
I think there's an opportunity for us
to negotiate better outcomes for
patients and for pharmacists and the
Government's determined to achieve
that outcome,' he said.
ˆ Coll and Mal Leith with Apotex Territory Manager Peter Devaney.
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