Change at the top for wholesalers


Richard Vincent
Richard Vincent.

The organisation representing Australia’s full-line pharmacy wholesalers has a new Chair as it manages the “huge logistical challenge” of medicines supply

The National Pharmaceutical Services Association has announced the appointment of the new chair of its Board, in a move welcomed by the Pharmacy Guild.

API CEO and managing director Richard Vincent will take on the role of Chair while Symbion CEO Brett Barons has been appointed Deputy Chair.

In line with the NPSA’s rotation policy, Sigma CEO and Managing Director Mark Hooper will step down from his role as Chair and will continue to serve on the Board.

“The Board extends sincere thanks to Mark Hooper for his excellent leadership of our industry association which most recently has seen the successful completion of the important Seventh Community Pharmacy Agreement (7CPA) negotiations with government,” said Mr Vincent.

The announcement was welcomed by the Pharmacy Guild, which congratulated Mr Vincent on his appointment and noted that the NPSA plays a vital role in the success of the PBS and the timely and equitable delivery of medicines to all Australians through 5,800 community pharmacies.

It said that Mr Vincent has a thorough knowledge of the sector and of the importance of maintaining the supply chain for the benefit of patients everywhere.

Brett Barons.
Brett Barons.

The National President of the Pharmacy Guild, George Tambassis, said: “More than any other year, 2020 has put strains on the medicine supply chain – including through the bushfires and now the COVID pandemic – and we appreciate the collaborative approach taken by wholesalers and the NPSA in dealing with the challenges that have been thrown at the sector.

“We congratulate Richard, and his deputy chair Brett Barons of Symbion, and look forward to working with them both. We also thank the outgoing chair, Sigma CEO Mark Hooper, for his service to the sector at the helm of the NPSA,” Mr Tambassis said.

“The broad supply task for PBS medicines is a huge logistical challenge which the wholesalers and the NPSA have risen to year after year,” he said.

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