New pharmacy merger creates 650-strong membership

Another pharmacy group is merging with a partner chain to boost business for its independent members.

The SmarterPharm and Pharmacy Alliance partnership will see a combined membership of 650 members, providing the opportunity to strengthen both member benefits and supplier relationships.

The industry is facing changes as a result of reform to the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme.

SmarterPharm CEO, Karen Duncan said, “It has been a pleasure to see SmarterPharm grow to 130 members. However, due to industry change we have had to make a significant decision to protect the interests of our members.

“I am confident that the partnership with Pharmacy Alliance will achieve this as we both have a have a strong alignment in values with both organisations fiercely protective of independent pharmacy, are owned / operated by pharmacists and both groups have a strong relationship with our wholesale partner Sigma.”

Pharmacy Alliance CEO, Darren Dye said, “We are thrilled to welcome SmarterPharm members to the Pharmacy Alliance family.  

"It will allow Pharmacy Alliance even greater scale to provide another level of improved solutions to help all pharmacists and supplier partners overcome industry change, and continue to develop member solutions to create sustainable pharmacy models.”