History

A brief history of our company

2017
Our Green Cross Health group now has around 350 pharmacies, 39 medical centres and services more than 20,000 clients in their own homes through Access Community Health. With a bold vision of Because of what we do, everyone is healthier, we are passionately committed to the health and wellness of New Zealand, and to providing the best support, care and advice to our communities.

2015
The pharmacy rebranding project neared completion with a growing network of 330 pharmacies under the Unichem and Life Pharmacy brands and more than 1.3 million members in the Living Rewards loyalty programme.

Green Cross Health also acquired the remaining 50% shareholding in Total Care Health Service, further enhancing the opportunity for growth in the community health market in Auckland.

2014
As New Zealand communities bid a fond farewell to their Radius Pharmacy, Amcal and Care Chemist brands, they welcome in fresh Unichem and Life pharmacies, with a green cross identifier marking the heart of community health and wellness. With an investment in community care specialist Total Care Health Services, Pharmacybrands marks a clear intent to become a provider of integrated primary health services in New Zealand and announces a new corporate identity as Pharmacybrands becomes Green Cross Health Limited (GXH).

Green Cross Health announces the acquisition of Peak Primary, adding 11 medical centres and bringing the total to 49.


December 2014, the acquisition of Access Homehealth, a provider of home healthcare services to more than 17,000 people in New Zealand, is announced, giving Green Cross Health significant presence in the home healthcare market.

2013
A major brand development project gets underway, reinvigorating the Unichem and Life Pharmacy brands.

2011
Pharmacybrands acquires Radius Pharmacy, Radius Medical Limited and Radius Medical Solutions Limited marking a transition to becoming a provider of broader healthcare services.

2009
Life Pharmacy merges with Pharmacybrands and the company takes over the NZX listing under PHB.

2008
Pharmacybrands integrates the Dispensary First brand into Amcal or Unichem. Life Pharmacy Ltd acquired Care Chemists Ltd.

2005
Life Pharmacy split from the group to establish the first listed pharmacy group on the NZX, through a company called Beauty Direct.

2003
Unichem Pharmacy Group merges with the Amcal group and becomes Pharmacybrands Ltd.

1999
Unichem Pharmacy Group launches Dispensary First, primarily aimed at health- only focused pharmacies delivering additional value add services and health advice.

1995
Unichem Life launches. Life Pharmacies are larger format pharmacies ranging top tier cosmetics and perfume, located predominantly in malls.

1981
Unichem Pharmacy Group is established in 1981 as a buying group for individual pharmacies throughout New Zealand