January: Offering expanded
Galenica acquires Careproduct Ltd., which focuses in particular on the elderly and people with a disability.
February: Available online
Galenica further expands the online offering of the pharmacy formats. At the end of 2018, some 40,000 products are available in the online shops.
Coop Vitality wins the “OTC Specialist Retail Partner Award” of the Swiss OTC association ASSGP for the second time in a row.
April: Social commitment
In 2018, Galenica becomes the main partner of “I care for you”, the crowdfunding platform for purely social and humanitarian projects.
As of the end of May, the Galenica pharmacy network, including partner pharmacies, stands at an impressive 500 locations.
June: New face
Vifor Consumer Health changes its name to Verfora and presents its new image to the market.
July: New addition
The Bahnhof Apotheke in Zurich, with the highest sales figures in Switzerland, is now fully part of the Galenica pharmacy network.
August: Solar power
The photovoltaic system on the roof of the Alloga building in Burgdorf is completed in 2018. It is one of the largest systems in the region.
September: Natural cosmetics
Galenica acquires a minority stake in Puresense, one of the leading online shops in Switzerland for natural cosmetics.
October: Award ceremony
The Amavita Awards are presented for the first time in 2018. Two cancer-related projects are honoured and receive prize money.
November: New records
Specialty pharmacy Mediservice supports its 10,000th home care patient and Medifilm blisters over 1 million sachets per month in 2018.
Verfora expands its partnership with Procter & Gamble and has also been distributing Vicks® in Switzerland from January 2019.