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ASTER Pharmacy offers wider network services through strategic partnership with Al Shafar Group

Saturday - Dec 01, 2012, 05:57pm (GMT+5.5)
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Dubai - ASTER Pharmacy, the largest retail pharmacy network in the UAE, and a division of DM Healthcare, the leading healthcare conglomerate in the Middle East and India, has entered into a strategic partnership with the Al Shafar Group. Under this partnership, the pharmacies owned and operated by Al Shafar Group were brought under the ASTER umbrella and were rebranded as Aster Pharmacy. With this partnership, ASTER Pharmacy network has increased to 95 units across the GCC region. The Al Shafar Group is a leading business conglomerate Headquartered in Dubai, with business interests in diverse sectors including construction, real estate, aviation and general trading.

 Commenting on the partnership, Dr. Azad Moopen, Chairman, DM Healthcare, said: “We are pleased to form a strategic partnership with the Al Shafar Group. The partnership falls in line with our mission of making quality healthcare products and services available in all neighbourhoods across the Gulf. This has been a huge leap in our expansion, helping us fulfill our commitment to deliver quality healthcare to all. With this partnership, ASTER Pharmacy has expanded its reach in the UAE covering areas like Dubai International City, Karama, Jumeirah, Silicon Oasis, Mirdiff, Al Aweer, Dubai Marina, Umm Suqeim and Jadaf. In many of these places, this would be second ASTER Pharmacy.”

ASTER Pharmacies are a one-stop-shop destination for healthcare products, offering quality medical and allied products at the best prices in a refreshing ambience. Aster Pharmacies have received “Best Pharmacy Award for the recent two consecutive years from Government of Dubai “Dubai Services Excellence Scheme (DSES)” for the best pharmacy retail operation.

 About ASTER Pharmacy:
Aster pharmacies, part of DM Healthcare, form one of the largest networks of retail pharmacies in the UAE. This success story began with a modest beginning way back in 1989 with the opening of the first pharmacy, and there has been no turning back ever since. As the years went by, more and more outlets kept getting added and the network evolved to its existing size. Built on more than two decades of experience in pharmaceutical retailing, Aster Pharmacies are designed to be a one-stop-shop for healthcare products, offering quality medical and allied products at the best prices in a refreshing ambience. In addition to providing easy availability of medicines and products, Aster Pharmacies have qualified staff who can guide customers on diet, nutrition and medical equipments. The first pharmacy network to introduce a uniform identity, not just in the look, but in actual brand experience, Aster Pharmacies stock a wide variety of curative, nutritional & baby care products systematically displayed for allowing over the counter service. Innovative and value added services like ‘Any Time Medical Services’ (ATMs) to deliver products, regular updates on healthcare, information on offers, schemes and promotions by emails or on your mobiles, ensure Aster Pharmacies offer “much more than medicines.”

About DM Healthcare:
DM Healthcare is a healthcare group in the Middle East and India. Founded in 1987 by Padma Shri Dr Azad Moopen, a doctor turned entrepreneur, the Dubai-headquartered Group has diversified to offer comprehensive healthcare services to all segments of the society. In its quest for excellence, DM Healthcare provides healthcare of the highest quality in the geographies they operate in. Consolidated under the brands Aster and Medcare, the Group covers an array of healthcare verticals including hospitals, clinics, diagnostics and pharmacies.The DM network presently consists of more than 145 establishments, providing primary, secondary and tertiary healthcare with management and consultancy services, treating more than 20,000 patients per day. The Group with a remarkable turnover is in the midst of an exponential expansion in the GCC and India with the number of units set to grow to 300 by the year 2017 with investments of $500m across Middle East and India.


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