Countdown to transition

Pfizer is moving supply of its medicine portfolio to CSO wholesalers from this weekend

Community pharmacies will be able to access Pfizer medicines through CSO wholesalers from this Saturday 28 August, says the Pharmacy Guild in a recent update.

Pfizer’s transition back to the CSO occurs a decade after the company first decided to exclusively adopt the direct distribution model.

The news was strongly welcomed by the Pharmacy Guild when it was first announced in May.

“This is good news for community pharmacies who will now be able to access Pfizer medicines under the CSO – which ensures equity of access to Pfizer medicines delivered across Australia under the same agreement as all other CSO distributors,” said Guild National President Trent Twomey.

“It means less time and processes for our community pharmacies in terms of managing their medicines for their patients. 

“That saves our pharmacies and their patients in terms of time to access their medicines. No one misses out on getting their Pfizer medicines on time from their local community pharmacy.”

Pharmacies should place their last orders of Pfizer products by 3pm on Friday 27 August (local time) via their usual method, said the Pharmacy Guild. Any orders placed on the Pfizer Direct platform after this time will not be processed.

After Friday, pharmacies will be able to order Pfizer products through their preferred wholesaler.

Invoices, statements and copies of communications will continue to be available on the Pfizer Hub until 31 March 2022, it said.

“Moving from direct to wholesale distribution will enable a greater focus on our core business as a biopharmaceutical company, and better position ourselves for growth,” said Pfizer Australia & New Zealand Managing Director Anne Harris when first announcing the transition.

“Our wholesale model will not be exclusive to one wholesaler. 

“We will continue to offer next-business-day delivery through wholesale distribution partners to more than 5,600 pharmacies nationally, which is virtually all pharmacies in Australia,” Ms Harris said.

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