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PRIDE OF ADVANTAGE PHARMACY

PHARMACY owner, Veronica Nou's tireless efforts to support refugees settling in Australia, has been recognised at the NSW Humanitarian Awards.

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‘WE'RE WORRIED ABOUT OUR FAMILIES TOO:’ Stories from the pharmacy frontline

Michael Gray speaks to pharmacists around the country who have faced backlash and who are caring for vulnerable loved ones

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BUSHFIRE RELIEF

The bushfires sweeping across the country have been affecting many communities. But let’s not forget that there are also many injured animals that require care and assistance. It is often difficult to know how we can help and what we can help with.

 

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PANDEMIC TAKING ITS TOLL

 

Ongoing supply shortages in pharmacies mean many patients are still finding it difficult to get prescription drugs for chronic conditions

“Understandably, patients are fearful and unsure of the future,” says Advantage Group CEO, Steven Kastrinakis, in explaining how the group has gone about helping its members navigate the COVID-19 pandemic.
 

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SMART LIKE KMART: KINGPIN’S TURNAROUND TACTICS

Presenting at the 2020 Australian Pharmacy Professional Conference & Trade Exhibition (APP2020) in March, Mr Russo will be joined by Advantage Group CEO Steven Kastrinakis in a Q&A session exploring best practices that can be applied to the community pharmacy sector.

 
 
 
FALCON FINDS ADVANTAGE

Advantage Pharmacy is continuing to expand its presence across Australia, with the recent addition of its 256th pharmacy, at Falcon, Western Australia. The pharmacy has been serving Falcon for 40 years and has been in its current location for 15 years prior to joining the group.

 
 
 
 
COBARGO PHARMACY REOPENS AFTER FIRE

Cobary Pharmacy reopened its doors on Mon, two weeks after a deadly bushfire swept through the NSW township, claiming the lives of two men and destroying close to half the buildings on the main street.  The Advantage Pharmacy store’s solid brick structure protected it from being burnt to the ground and is believed to have shielded other shops on the same side of the road from the inferno that raged through the town.

 
 
CEO DELIVERS IN BUSHFIRES

With pharmacists in regional parts of NSW and Victoria directly impacted by the ongoing bushfire crisis, Advantage Pharmacy CEO, Steven Kastrinakis, has been on the frontline supporting owners by delivering supplies to affected stores.  Kastrinakis worked in the Advantage Pharmacy in fire affected Bairnsdale, Victoria, on Mon 06 Jan, to assist after residents had been evacuated on Fri 02 Jan.

 
 
APPLYING LESSONS FROM KMART'S SUCCESS TO COMMUNITY PHARMACY

Former Kmart CEO, Guy Russo, who has been credited with one of Australia’s most successful business turnarounds, will offer in-depth insights and advice to pharmacists on how he transformed Kmart into one of the most popular and profitable retail businesses in Australia today.Presenting at the 2020 Australian Pharmacy Professional Conference & Trade Exhibition (APP2020) in March, Mr Russo will be joined by Advantage Group CEO, Steven Kastrinakis, in a Q&A session exploring best practices that can be applied to the community pharmacy sector.

 
 
ADVANTAGE VOLUNTEERS

The bushfires sweeping across the country have been affecting many communities. But let’s not forget that there are also many injured animals that require care and assistance. It is often difficult to know how we can help and what we can help with.

 
GUY RUSSO: APPLYING RETAIL STRATEGIES TO THE COMMUNITY PHARMACY SECTOR

Guy Russo is credited with one of Australia’s greatest business turnarounds, taking Wesfarmers’ ugly duckling, Kmart, from the bottom of the discount chain store ladder, to the most popular and profitable retail department store business in Australia today. At APP2020, Guy Russo will present in the main arena offering in-depth insights, narratives and examples of how he transformed Kmart into today’s iconic brand.

ADVANTAGE APPOINTMENT

Advantage Pharmacy Group has announced the appointment of Lynne Gallucci to the Board as a Non-Executive Chairperson Ms Gallucci has ten years’ experience working as the Executive GM of Retail Operations for Priceline and Priceline Pharmacy and has an accounting background. Advantage says she brings big-picture thinking, mixed with excellent analytical and communication skills to the new role. The appointment comes at a time when the group has had strong growth, with a 28% uplift in independently owned and operated pharmacies in six months.

OUT OF STOCKS, MISPERCEPTIONS HIT PATIENTS

Pharmacists and consumers are frustrated at the gap between supply and demand for low-dose codeine – and consumers are still confused Advantage Pharmacy CEO Steven Kastrinakis told the AJP that discussions he has had with the group’s pharmacies since the first of the month have centred on out of stock frustration and misunderstandings among patients. He said that the feedback he’s had indicates that a significant group of consumers believed that all analgesics were being upscheduled on February 1, not just those containing low doses of codeine.

WHAT IT MEANS TO BE AN EARLY CAREER PHARMACIST

If you’ve ever questioned where your career can take you, this is for you. If you’re an intern, this article is for you. If you’re a student, this article is for you. Because honestly, your career is what YOU make of it. Yes, we all have a B.Pharm or M.Pharm but that doesn’t mean your only choice is Community Pharmacy or Hospital Pharmacy. Yesterday I was honoured to give a short talk at the ‘Welcome to the Profession’ brunch organised by the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia, Victorian branch.

WHY ALL PBS DRUGS SHOULD BE AVAILABLE FROM CSO WHOLESALERS

This month, we have seen the rollout of AstraZeneca’s direct-to-pharmacy (DTP) distribution model for nine of its major products in Australia. This makes AstraZeneca the second major pharmaceutical company to adopt the DTP model in Australia, following Pfizer. The DTP model was first introduced in January 2011 when Pfizer Direct became Australia’s first exclusive distribution channel, supplying community pharmacies with around 13% of all PBS medicines. Disrupting the old model. Historically, ...

THE MOVE TOWARDS DIRECT SUPPLY IS A DISASTER, SAYS BANNER GROUP CEO

Steven Kastrinakis is more concerned than most about the move by pharma companies towards direct supply. As the CEO of an independent banner group Advantage Pharmacy, he's been monitoring the impact on more than 150 dispensaries. He’s so concerned that other manufacturers will follow AstraZenca, Amgen and Pfizer’s lead that he’s written to Minister for Health Greg Hunt. He wants the minister to make it compulsory for PBS medicines to be available through CSO wholesalers.

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