A TRIO from the University of South Australia has taken out this year’s Pharmacy Guild of Australia National Student Business Plan Competition. The competition is an Australia-wide challenge promoting creative entrepreneurship among students preparing for a career in community pharmacy, with entrants in the competition asked to produce business plans, answer online quizzes, complete several essay questions and participate in an investor pitch. The winners were announced over the weekend at the Guild’s Pharmacy Business Network conference in Canberra with first place going to Complete Care Pharmacy, University of South Australia: made up of Ling Na Yan, Chris Braithwaite (NAPSA President), and Jessica Dawson, whose winning business model was centred on pharmacy-based cancer services. Meanwhile second place was awarded to Cairns Community Chemist, Queensland University of Technology: Caitlyn Fletcher, Andrew Gill, Emma Shallcross, and Linda Wallin; and third place went to Sydney’s Breathe Easy Pharmacy team, made up of Sahand Imani, Clara Leung, Melinda Ho, and David Tadros.
AUSTRALIAN Pharmaceutical Industries (API) has unveiled plans for the ongoing development of its Priceline Pharmacy network, including a trial of “click and collect” shopping in 2019 and a major upgrade of its Sister Club loyalty platform.