February 06, 2007

Fortis HealthWorld plans 1,000 stores by 2012

Offering accesibility to quality medicines, healthcare major Fortis today announced its retail health store chain with 1,000 shops in 400 towns of the country by 2012.

Fortis HealthWorld, a joint venture of Ranbaxy Laboratories and Fortis Healthcare, would open health stores which will be like a one stop shop offering health products for the entire family.

The stores will offer prescription drugs, health supplements, health foods, alternate medicines, home and personal care products and a pathology lab collection centre.

"We are extending one more arm in the healthcare sector. There was a gap in this field as patients were looking for medicines, which are not spurious. We are providing them that place which is easily accessible. People need not go to a hospital for a blood test or to buy quality medicines," CEO & MD, Fortis, said.

"The stores will run round the clock and would give customers value-added services like prescription reminder service, loyalty programs, OPD appointments in our hospitals and free home delivery," he said.

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