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Professional health clinics run by
the Discount Drug Stores (DDS)
tested more than 8,500 Australians
for a range of conditions in 2014.
This was a significant increase over
2013, which DDS Professional Services
Manager Casey Clark attributes to the
group's commitment to increasing the
number of clinics it held, as well as the
range of conditions treated.
Through its hearing awareness,
flu vaccination, preparing for pregnancy,
men's health and bone density
clinics, DDS provided testing services,
awareness and preventive health advice
to 8,590 customers across more than
'We ran an additional clinic [in 2014]
and we also decided to be a bit
different in terms of the health focusses,'
Ms Clark said.
'It was important that we provided
health services that covered an array of
concerns and topics, from those that are
standard like hearing and bone density,
to those that are more lifestyle focussed,
such as our preparing for pregnancy and
men's health clinics, which were firsts
not just for Discount Drug Stores, but for
Ms Clark said the clinics were proving
fundamental in building strong
relationships between pharmacists,
general practitioners and healthcare
providers, a core focus for the brand
'We really want to build on the
natural synergy between doctors and
pharmacists in order to provide even
greater healthcare benefits to our
customers. So far our clinics have proven
highly successful in achieving this with
thousands of patients across our five
clinics referred onto their local GP for
In 2015 DDS plans to hold five clinics
with key conditions such as hearing and
providing flu vaccinations a priority.
'Our general services such as flu
vaccinations and hearing and bone
density testing are always popular with
customers. Our flu vaccination clinic
in particular is continuing to increase
year on year, with 5,433 customers
immunised in 2014, 65% more than
2013,' she said.
Ramsay Health opposes
Supermarkets may have a new ally in
their goal of deregulating pharmacy
ownership and location rules in private
hospital operator Ramsay Health Care.
The $12 billion private hospital
operator has welcomed draft
recommendations made in September
2014 by the competition policy review,
led by Professor Ian Harper, which
recommended removing long-standing
ownership and location rules.
Ramsay has backed the
recommendations to open up the sector
to greater competition and called for
a fresh review of the pharmacy sector
by 'a respected, neutral umpire like the
In its submission to the Review Ramsay
said: 'our ability to operate retail
pharmacies in our hospitals has been
held back by Commonwealth, state and
Ramsay operates in-hospital pharmacy
services in 39 of its 69 Australian
hospitals, but is keen to run retail
pharmacies in its facilities to service
patients and visitors.
It said non-pharmacists should be able
to own pharmacies in the same way that
non-doctors can own medical centres or
Apotex buys Revive
Apotex has announced the purchase of
successful clinic provider, Revive.
Ben Sullivan, Apotex Sales Director, said
the purchase of Revive complimented
the existing Apotex professional services
offer and further strengthened its
position as a leading provider of health
clinics in Australian pharmacies.
'The provision of professional
services has long been an important
differentiator for Apotex, however more
recently, the demand and uptake of
these services has grown significantly.
The purchase of Revive further
strengthens the Apotex offer, allowing
greater reach and capacity,' Mr Sullivan
Apotex, through its Apo-Wellness
program, provides a range of interactive,
in-store health awareness clinics to
community pharmacies. Nineteen
Apo-Wellness clinic health topics are
available -- ranging from Sun Awareness
to Flu Vaccinations.
In 2014, Apotex delivered its 5,000th
clinic since launching its health clinic
program in 2007.
Revive was established in 2004 and
provides nurse practitioners for in-store
health clinics. Revive will be rebranded
and adapted to fall under the APO-
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