IPA launches to champion independent pharmacy owners

At the APP2024 Conference yesterday, Steve Kastrinakis, Managing Director, and highly regarded founding Pharmacist, announced the formation of Independent Pharmacies Group of Australia (IPA).  IPA is a new chapter for The Platform Alliance Group, a previous merger between several longstanding independent pharmacy groups – Advantage Pharmacy, Pharmacy Catalyst, and Pharmacy Alliance.

IPA aims to provide comprehensive support tailored to the unique needs of independent pharmacies operating across Australia. With nearly 1,200 member pharmacies, the group leverages its scale to invest in innovative programs, services, and technology that provide their members with an integrated and unique approach to drive better patient outcomes and sustainable business growth.

“Our name change reflects our DNA and who we are. We understand that no two pharmacies are the same. We are here to support your independence,” stated Kastrinakis in his speech. “IPA is the product of pharmacy groups founded by pharmacists, for pharmacists, over 20 years ago, and we remain dedicated to [their] success as independent operators.”

Key benefits of the new brand for independent pharmacists include:

●       Flexibility to operate branded or fully independent pharmacy models

●       Group buying power for improved margins and market-leading deals

●       Marketing expertise to drive consumer engagement and loyalty

●       Implementation support for professional services and revenue streams

●       Business intelligence tools including procurement analytics and loyalty insights

“Our goal is to simplify running independent pharmacies so our members can focus on delivering outstanding service to their patients,” added Kastrinakis. “Whether you want to be part of our national brands or operate an independent model, we have support levels that meet the needs of you and your local community.”

IPA launched at this year’s APP conference, inviting attendees to visit their stand to learn how the group can help independent pharmacy owners maintain their independence while charting a successful future.

About Independent Pharmacies Group of Australia

Independent Pharmacies Group of Australia (IPA) is a member-owned organisation supporting over 1,200 independent community pharmacies across the country. Founded by pharmacists with a mission to champion independent and sustainable pharmacy ownership, IPA provides group buying power, marketing resources, business coaching and a range of professional services to help members grow their businesses and better serve their communities.


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