Pharmacy helps you save
AN exciting new business has recently opened at 60 River St, Maclean - Pharmasave Maclean Discount Pharmacy.
The business is owned and operated by Aaron Coffey, from Coutts Crossing.
Aaron moved to Grafton in 2006 when he completed his Master of Pharmacy degree and commenced working for Guardian Southside Pharmacy.
At the end of 2007 he started working with Hugh Ada of Ada & Flynn Pharmacy in Grafton, where he remained until opening Pharmasave in Maclean.
After gaining approval from the Pharmacy Council and Medicare, Aaron began construction of the pharmacy in early August.
"Maclean and its surrounding areas such as Townsend and Gulmurrad have had significant growth lately, which made me see the need for another pharmacy in the area," he said.
"I quickly learnt that there is a lot of work in setting up a new business. However, being in a business partnership with a close family friend has helped me to establish the pharmacy as planned.
"We are also very lucky to have a great team of staff who have really helped the business get off the ground."
Aaron and his family are delighted to have Pharmasave up and running after the business received a minor setback after officially opening on August 24.
After an objection was made by another member of the community, which temporarily halted Medicare being able to grant permission for Pharmasave to dispense PBS prescriptions, Aaron fought successfully to have the complaint overturned by the Brisbane Federal Court.
Pharmasave has now been officially able to complete all prescriptions for the community as of September 28.
"It was a bit of a hiccup in my overall plan, however, I believe that the community is behind us as it's a service that Maclean has needed for quite a while," Aaron said.
"I believe that the community should have access to their pharmaceutical needs at an affordable price, while at the same time receiving quality service and advice. My team of experienced staff and I are able to provide this."
Pharmasave Maclean Discount Pharmacy offers a wide range of products and services to the community, including competitively priced medications, a huge range of vitamins, designer perfumes and great gift ideas.
"We also offer a free prescription pick-up and delivery service," Aaron said.
"We understand that it may be difficult for some members of the community to get into town, so we started this service to help people have better access to their pharmacy products."
In addition, Aaron and his staff endeavour to provide prescriptions quickly as they understand that people lead busy lives and their clientele thus far have been very satisfied with this service.
Pharmasave will have its grand opening on October 15 and Aaron is promising to have huge specials on the day as well as a free sausage sizzle provided by the Woodford Rural Fire Brigade. There will also be a free jumping castle for the kids.
The Pharmasave grand opening will start at 9am.
"We invite everyone to come down, have some fun and grab a bargain," Aaron said.
Aaron is supported operating the business by his wife Leah, who is a primary school teacher at Grafton Public School.
Together they have a two-year-old daughter, Gabriela, who also keeps them very busy in conjunction with managing Pharmasave.