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The Company

How We Started

Our beginnings date back to 1843, when our ancestor Antonio Gera opened his first pharmacy in Valletta, Victoria Pharmacy, eventually renamed the New British Dispensary.

Back then, prescribed products were compounded and dispensed on-site; a fascinating contrast to the highly finished and tested products available in hospitals and pharmacies today.

Portrait of Antonio Gera circa. 1843
Antonio Gera Portrait - Circa. 1843
Warrant of Antonio Gera
The Warrant of Antonio Gera

The importation business itself began when Alfred Gera de Petri started sourcing items from manufacturers abroad, who offered high quality innovative products that had a real and solid positive impact both on the health of patients’ lives and contributed towards the advancement of healthcare entities established locally at the time.

This is what inspired the establishment of the company as we know it today, which was incorporated in 1969, integrating the activities started so many years ago, and which still remains fully owned and run by the family.

Where We Are Today

Today we are valued partners for leading international manufacturers, which provide Pharmaceuticals, Medical Devices, and other healthcare products.

We employ more than 50 persons locally, highly trained and very motivated; all of whom are considered our extended family members.

With a team of professionals dedicated to providing our customers with the very best the industry has to offer, we have nurtured a reputation built on our core values of Excellence, Integrity and Trust.

We are the local arm of the international corporations and companies we represent. We consider ourselves partners to each one, taking care of all the medical, sales, marketing, regulatory and logistic aspects of their function, and essentially being their ambassadors here in Malta. While adapting to our local market, we strive to mirror what they each individually represent in terms of products and values.

We pride ourselves in our ability to be focused, efficient and results-driven. We pay a great deal of attention to the quality of the products and services we provide, and to finding innovative ways to add value to their supply.

Our reputation of dependability has earned us the trust of both our suppliers and of our varied customers, including government agencies, public and private hospitals and clinics, pharmacies, as well as patients and carers. Together with our track record of success, it is what has allowed us to take our business from strength to strength.

Our strong infrastructure and the significant expansion of our offices and state-of-the-art warehousing allows us space to take on further projects and keep on growing.

We remain absolutely motivated and committed to build further on our achievements, continue to support excellence in each field of our activities, provide further solutions for our customers, and ultimately have a real and positive impact on the health of patients’ lives.


Drugsales Ltd traces its roots back to 1843, when our direct ancestor Antonio Gera opened his first pharmacy in the heart of Malta’s capital – Valletta. Today, six generations on, Drugsales, which was incorporated in 1969, integrates the activities that were started so many years ago, and is a key player in the family’s group of companies.

Antonio Gera opens his first pharmacy in Valletta.
Alfred Gera de Petri incorporates Drugsales Ltd.
Activities are centralised at offices in Valletta, Malta’s capital.
Larger store facilities are opened at Msida.
Offices are moved to Lija to cater for additional space needed at the time.
Opening of Warehousing Facilities in Ta’ Qali.
The official opening of the Ferreri Business Centre, the new de Petri Testaferrata Head Office.

Our Directors

With a team of professionals dedicated to providing our customers with the very best products and services in the healthcare supplies sphere, we are trusted by Governmental agencies, private and public hospitals, community pharmacies and patients alike.

The de Petri Testaferrata Group of Companies

As a family business, everything we do is really quite personal, and the line between work and family is somewhat blurred. This is probably one of the reasons why we take such immense pride in all that we do and why “excellence” and “quality” are terms which run at the forefront of our minds, in all our activities and all of our initiatives be it healthcare, or real estate; they are, after all, a part of our identity.


All our activities in the field are conducted through Drugsales Ltd.

  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Medical Devices
  • Laboratory
  • Consumer Healthcare


A growing portfolio of high-end properties for the rental market.

  • Palazzo Spinola – Valletta
  • Palazzo Bonici – Valletta
  • OneOneO The Strand – Sliema
  • Business Centre 8, Tower Road – Sliema
  • San Giljan Court – St Julians