Sigma supports King Island Pharmacy and the local community as the pharmacy burned to the ground over the Australia Day weekend

King Island, Australia, 2015-1-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — The spirit of Australian camaraderie was on show over the Australia Day weekend as many quickly responded to the needs of the 1,800 residents of King Island.

The King Island Pharmacy, located in Currie, is the only pharmacy on King Island supporting the local community. An alleged arson attack over the Australia Day weekend saw the pharmacy burn to the ground.

With the need for essential medicines to support the local community, members of Sigma’s Launceston distribution centre jumped into action, with the supervisor John Brophy in particular praised for his actions in responding to the calls for assistance.

John investigated the quickest way to despatch essential medicines, including items requiring refrigeration. He then processed and picked the order and personally delivered it to the airport where he ensured it was loaded onto the plane.

Gary Dunne, Sigma Chief Operating Officer commented “Sigma prides itself on being a partner of choice for our customers, and it is imperative that medicines are delivered to communities irrespective of their location. This is an unfortunate event for the pharmacy and the community of King Island, so I am really proud that John and the team in the Launceston distribution centre quickly responded to do everything possible to support them.”

Divesh Sanghvi, Pharmacy owner commented “This type of event is not something we expect or prepare for, so it is great to know that we can rely on our partner Sigma to help us through should the situation arise. The entire team in the Launceston distribution centre are to be congratulated for acting quickly and doing everything possible to ensure we had essential stock for our patients at King Island.”

The King Island Pharmacy is temporarily operating out of the King Island hospital while investigations continue.

“King Island needs a community pharmacy. We will continue to operate business as usual whilst we go through the process of assessing our long term options to re-build our pharmacy,” said Mr Sanghvi.

For more information please contact:

Gary Woodford
Manager Corporate Affairs
Sigma Pharmaceuticals Limited
Mob: 0417 399 204