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Our story

Our story

Our story begins over 100 years ago in the Netherlands. Here’s some key events in Alliance Healthcare’s history.

1896

Interpharm founded

1896

Interpharm founded

The story begins in 1896, when Interpharm, a pharmaceutical distributor, was established in the Netherlands.

1919

S.A.F.A founded

1919

S.A.F.A founded

In 1919, a pharmaceutical distributor called S.A.F.A was founded in Spain.

1923

ANZAG founded

1923

ANZAG founded

In 1923, ANZAG was founded through a merger of two wholesale businesses, later becoming one of the leading pharmaceutical wholesalers in Germany

1938

UniChem group founded

1938

UniChem group founded

In 1938, the UniChem group was formed in the UK by Ernest Skues to wholesale pharmaceutical products to independent pharmacies.

1977

Alleanza Farmaceutica founded

1977

Alleanza Farmaceutica founded

In 1977, the pharmaceutical wholesaler Alleanza Farmaceutica was founded in Italy by Stefano Pessina.

1982

Di Pharma founded

1982

Di Pharma founded

In 1982, the pharmaceutical wholesaler Di Pharma was founded by Ornella Barra in Italy.

1991

Alliance Santé formed

1991

Alliance Santé formed

The Alliance Santé group was formed in 1991 by a merger between Alleanza Salute Italia and two French pharmaceutical wholesalers.

1997

Alliance UniChem formed

1997

Alliance UniChem formed

Following a merge between the UniChem group and Alliance Santé, Alliance UniChem was formed in 1997.

1998

S.A.F.A acquired

1998

S.A.F.A acquired

Shortly after the merger between Alliance Santé and the UniChem group, Alliance UniChem acquired S.A.F.A.

2000

Interpharm acquired

2000

Interpharm acquired

At the turn of the millennium, Alliance UniChem acquired Interpharm and took a 25% stake in Hedef, a Turkish pharmaceutical wholesaler.

2004

Alliance buys into ANZAG

2004

Alliance buys into ANZAG

In 2004, Alliance UniChem acquired 29.99% of ANZAG, a German pharmaceutical wholesaler.

2006

Alliance Boots formed

2006

Alliance Boots formed

In 2006, Boots and Alliance UniChem merged, forming Alliance Boots.

2007

Alliance Boots rebrand

2007

Alliance Boots rebrand

After the merger of Boots and Alliance UniChem, Alliance Boots wholesale businesses began to rebrand to Alliance Healthcare.

2010

ANZAG and Hedef acquired

2010

ANZAG and Hedef acquired

In 2010, Alliance Boots became the majority shareholder in Hedef Alliance and ANZAG, after initial investments in 2000 and 2004, respectively.

2014

2014

2014

Walgreens Boots Alliance forms

After the merger of Walgreens and Alliance Boots in 2014, following a strategic partnership in 2012, Walgreens Boots Alliance was formed.

2016

Hedef Alliance rebrands

2016

Hedef Alliance rebrands

In 2016, Hedef Alliance was rebranded to Alliance Healthcare Turkey. 

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