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Zur Rose history

Zur Rose was established in 1993 by the current CEO, Walter Oberhänsli, and 21 doctors as a wholesaler to dispensing doctors in Eastern Switzerland. The company name is derived from the Haus zur Rose in Steckborn, Switzerland, which is still home to a bricks-and-mortar pharmacy.

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March 2021
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The first healthcare journey was launched in collaboration with global healthcare company Novo Nordisk for people living with obesity (www.docmorriscare.com/adipositas)
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August 2020
Milestone
The Zur Rose Group takes over the e-commerce and diabetes activities of Apotal in Germany.
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July 2020
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The Zur Rose Group acquires TeleClinic, Germany’s leading telemedicine provider.
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January 2020
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Zur Rose and Medbase extend their cooperation and are running shop-in-shop pharmacies in Migros branches and the webshop zurrose-shop.ch through two joint ventures.
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February 2019
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The Zur Rose Group is extending its marketplace business model to France.
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January 2019
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The Zur Rose Group takes over the e-commerce activities of medpex, Germany’s third-largest online pharmacy.
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November 2018
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The Zur Rose Group takes over the mail-order activities of apo-rot in Hamburg.
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September 2018
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The Zur Rose Group acquires the Spanish marketplace platform PromoFarma, Barcelona, for BPC products.
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December 2017
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The Zur Rose Group acquires Eurapon Pharmahandel GmbH in Bremen (Germany), as well as the mail-order pharmacy Vitalsana B.V. in Heerlen (Netherlands) and the associated service provider ApDG GmbH in Ulm (Germany).
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July 2017
Milestone
Zur Rose supplies all Medbase Centres exclusively with drugs. Medbase is the biggest service provider in basic outpatient medical care in Switzerland.
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July 2017
Milestone
Zur Rose opens the first shop-in-shop pharmacy in the Migros branch on Marktgasse Bern.
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July 2017
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Successful IPO: Zur Rose Group AG’s shares are traded on the SIX Swiss Exchange as from 6 July, 2017.
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September 2016
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Zur Rose Group increased its capital by issuing a block of shares acquired by the new anchor shareholder, the Corisol Group based in Zug. This injection of capital is earmarked to finance Zur Rose’s planned growth strategy of further expanding its European market leadership.
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August 2016
Milestone
Zur Rose opened its first flagship store in Bern. By establishing this branch, Zur Rose linked mail-order and physical stores as part of an omnichannel strategy to offer its customers the flexibility when purchasing pharmacy, health and beauty products at any time across all channels.
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September 2015
Milestone
Supreme Court Ruling of 29 September 2015 allowing mail order of non-prescription (OTC) drugs to patients only upon presentation of a doctor’s prescription based on a personal doctor and patient consultation, making OTC mail order virtually impossible for Zur Rose.
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June 2015
Milestone
DocMorris moved to the “Avantis” business park in Heerlen with a state-of-the-art logistics centre and new administrative building.
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May 2015
Milestone
DocMorris rolled out another innovation in digital services, its Mobile Pharmacy app. This app based on personal medication data, offers features such as information on the safety of prescribed medicines and therapy compliance.
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May 2015
Milestone
Zur Rose AG was renamed Zur Rose Group AG, clearly communicating the company’s purpose as an umbrella organisation.
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March 2015
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Zur Rose acquired BlueCare AG, a company specialising in integrated care and primary care models.
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June 2014
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The handling of all mail-order business under the VfG brand was transferred to Halle an der Saale and the logistics centre in the Czech Republic was closed.
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March 2014
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DocMorris expanded into telepharmacy with Deutsche Telekom, allowing patients to seek advice about medications and their administration audiovisually from a DocMorris pharmacist.
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October 2012
Milestone
Zur Rose acquired DocMorris, Europe’s largest online and mail-order pharmacy.
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August 2011
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HomeCare service launched, with Zur Rose nurses helping patients at home with the administration, infusion or injection of medications.
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January 2011
Milestone
Non-prescription (OTC) drugs added to the product range offered in Swiss mail-order and online business.
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March 2010
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“MediMemory Connect” iPhone app launched to remind chronically sick patients when to take their medications, in the right dosage and help them manage their supply.
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July 2009
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Helvepharm AG sold to sanofi aventis.
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April 2007
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Health and wellness products launched to expand the range offered by the mail-order pharmacy.
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December 2006
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Czech-based VfG mail-order pharmacy acquired and operating in Germany.
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September 2006
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“Dailymed” launched as an innovative service to allow patients who need a combination of multiple medications, and have them individually portioned into doses for each intake time.
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July 2006
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Helvepharm AG fully taken over.
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December 2004
Milestone
Zur Rose Pharma GmbH established in Halle (Saale), Germany, marking the start of mail-order business in Germany.
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May 2001
Milestone
Neuen Kloster Apotheke AG, Muri, acquired. The acquisitions of Ogera AG and Neuen Kloster Apotheke AG increased market share in the supply of products to dispensing doctors to more than 25 per cent, making Zur Rose one of the market leaders.
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January 2001
Milestone
Ogera AG, Dietikon, acquired.
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January 2001
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The mail-order pharmacy started sending medications to patients.
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January 2000
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Interest acquired in Helvepharm AG under a joint venture with Germany’s third largest generic drug manufacturer, Stada Arzneimittel AG.
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October 1999
Milestone
Zur Rose moved from Steckborn to Frauenfeld and commissioned a logistics centre covering a total area of 4,500 m2.
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July 1999
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PolyRose delivery service established as a jointly owned subsidiary of Zur Rose and Polymed Medical Center.
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June 1993
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Supply to doctors started.
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March 1993
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Zur Rose was founded by 21 medical doctors. Pharmacy opened in Steckborn in May 1993.
The story

of how we started

It began with a love for a particular building in Steckborn. An idea was born and the building became an innovative centre for medical self help. It went on to become Europe's largest e-commerce pharmacy.

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Zur Rose Group AG
Walzmühlestrasse 60
8500 Frauenfeld
Switzerland