New $40 Million Medicine Distribution Centre Opens in Melbourne

A new $40 million medicine distribution centre in Melbourne will ensure Victorians continue to have reliable and affordable access to important medications.

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20 November 2014

A new $40 million medicine distribution centre in Melbourne will ensure Victorians continue to have reliable and affordable access to important medications.

Health Minister Peter Dutton said the Symbion Distribution Centre, officially opened today, would service more than 750 pharmacies and 160 hospitals throughout Victoria every day.

“One of the cornerstones of our health system is that all Australians can have quick access to affordable treatments that can improve our health,” Mr Dutton said.

“The new state-of-the-art distribution centre will help maintain this standard, supplying medications listed on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme within 24 hours.

“This ensures patients have access to innovative treatments as soon as possible and will support pharmacies and hospitals to quickly respond to the health needs of their local areas”.

The Keysborough distribution facility will use the latest systems and technologies to ensure the safe and reliable storage and delivery of medications. It will employ more than 100 people in metropolitan Melbourne, boosting the local economy.

The distribution facility has the capacity to move tens of thousands of units of medicines every hour.

Symbion receives funding from the Australian Government under the Community Service Obligation (CSO) Funding Pool for the safe and timely supply and delivery of Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme medicines across Australia. It has been a CSO Distributor since 2006.

For more information, please contact the Minister's Office on 02 6277 7220

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