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INDEPENDENT PHARMACIES NEED TO PROTECT THEIR EXISTENCE AND HAVE A VOICE!
CALLING ALL PHARMACISTS!!! STAND UP FOR YOUR RIGHTS.
The UK pharmacy profession is being discriminated against. In all EU countries except the UK (since 2008), drugs were sold to pharmacies by the pharmaceutical companies via wholesalers.
WHY ARE WE DIFFERENT?
A company wanting to store and distribute pharmaceutical products in the UK must apply for a wholesale dealers licence (WDL).
In order to gain a wholesale dealers licence (WDL), the holder must comply with specific regulation guidelines in relation to wholesale distribution of relevant medicinal products. Here at 4pharma we can get your business ready to meet these regulation guidelines allowing you business to maximise it.
The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency [MHRA] will inspect your pharmacy to ensure it has the relevant processes in place for storage and distribution facilities, training and Standard Operating Procedures [SOPs] that cover all the aspects of the Good Distribution Practice [GDP] guidelines.
GDP guidelines are to ensure an efficient and compliant distribution of pharmaceuticals i.e. all products must be consistently stored, transported and handled under suitable conditions as required on the product specifications.
The MHRA is constantly raising their standards on GDP. With the experience that we have here at 4Pharma, we can assist to ensure your processes are up to the standards required prior to the GDP inspections.
GDP inspection is an important part of the MHRA’s remit and a timetable of inspections are set as part of each wholesale dealers licence (WDL) issued based on the type of wholesale dealers licence (WDL) and the company’s performance at initial inspection.
No matter what size your business is we can help your pharmacy wholesale to help reduce drug costs and allow you to earn extra margin for your pharmacy. We provide a comprehensive service to ensure you are well informed so your pharmacy wholesales according the GDP guidelines and is compliant with MHRA inspections. Your success is our success as we strive to build long lasting relationships to ensure there is ongoing support, trade and repeat business.
Pharmacy wholesale provides a viable extra revenue stream for your pharmacy but quality is paramount in order to ensure that you can trade successfully and see the best return on your investment. There are many benefits to wholesaling that have been overlooked by many. The EU is a single market and allows the free movement of goods between EU member states including pharmaceuticals. Wholesaling drives down prices as there is increased competition on price.
Wholesalers are vital to the supply chain as wholesaling fosters competition and avoids monopolization. For example, a prescription of Sutent 50mg, a lifesaving drug would cost the NHS £3400 when it can be dispensed in an EU member state for £2600. The resulting saving can be used to treat more cancer patients. Equally, a German patient can have their Multiple Sclerosis drug, Copaxone dispensed for £610.00 in the UK when it costs £1180.00 in Germany.
There are numerous benefits to pharmacy wholesale and with our experience and expertise we are well placed to ensure you can start benefiting too.
Wholesaling is regulated very stringently and any company or individual in the EU who wishes to wholesale deal (selling, supplying or procuring to anyone other than the end-user) medicinal products must possess a wholesale dealer's license.
The administrative activities for issuing and maintaining manufacturer's and wholesale dealer's licenses are carried out by the Licensing Section in the Inspection, Enforcement and Standards Division and in fulfilling its role the Section works very closely with the Medicines Inspectorate.
A full wholesale dealer's license (WDL) allows the holder to wholesale deal pharmacy (P), prescription only (POM) traditional herbal medicinal products (THMP) and General Sale List (GSL) medicines.
The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) are the regulatory body responsible for carrying out company inspections to check if they have Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) that cover the full spectrum of Good Distribution Practice (GDP) guidelines that are relevant to your chosen place the of storage, including distribution facilities and training.
The standards on Good Distribution Practice (GDP) set by the MHRA are becoming ever stricter with the issues of temperature control monitoring and counterfeit drugs becoming key issues recently. Through our vast ongoing experience of MHRA inspections 4Pharma have the depth of experience and understanding of the current MHRA standards required to obtain a wholesale dealer's license. If you want to become a wholesale dealer we can help you set up by providing you with up to date support and guidance including the SOP’s needed to comply with MHRA standards.
Our aim is to take the confusion and hassle out of wholesale dealing and our team will work with you to structure and deliver SOP’s, providing systems and protocols that allow you to wholesale deal with minimum interruption to your business.
We can help with training on GDP and the SOPs providing the appropriate staff within your company all the information and training they need to wholesale deal safely and in line with MHRA inspections. Additionally a responsible person is required to be in place in order to obtain and hold awholesale dealer's licenses. We provide Responsible Person advice and support to ensure you can comply and appoint an RP that meets MHRA requirements.
We will help you with re-inspection, which the MHRA carry out 9-15 months after your wholesale dealer's license has been awarded. 4Pharma will provide ongoing support throughout so that you can build on the existing standards already set and ensure the SOP’s in place are working for you to meet the standards required by the MHRA.
4Pharma wholesales with independent pharmacies across the UK. The map indicates where our customers are and we hope to further extend our customer base.
Is wholesale illegal?
The GPhC have stated that the former RPSGB regulations do not apply! The MHRA have stated “wholesaling is a legitimate activity!”
In the deepest recession in 80 years, only one industry had an acquisition in 2008. Pfizer bought Wyeth for cash. Yet, in the PPRS negotiations, the drug companies insist that they desperately need funds to bring new drugs to the market for patients.
Yet of the top 10 blockbuster drugs, 8 came from small boutique research houses which were bought out by bigger pharmaceutical companies.
Did you also know that EU prescriptions are legal? If we can dispense EU prescriptions for EU citizens, why is wholesaling illegal? SIMPLY PUT, it’s NOT!
Is it unethical to Wholesale?
Like currency traders, wholesaling assists efficient markets by equalising prices across Europe, which in turn means EU governments save money on the healthcare costs and this in turn saves lives.
Will my quotas be affected by trading with 4Pharma?
Absolutely not, we will proactively challenge the quotas being imposed on your account and will continue to fight until the quotas are lifted.
Will my Pharmacy stock be affected by Wholesaling?
No, the items we generally require will be for medicines and drugs that you do not dispense to your patients so your Pharmacy stock will never be compromised.
Will I get into trouble by Wholesaling?
As a pharmacy, it is perfectly legal to trade as a Wholesaler providing you have a license to Wholesale.
How will 4Pharma help me to fight the restrictions and quotas?
We employ a panel of nine lawyers with the mission challenging some of the Worlds largest drug companies and are committed to equalizing prices across the UK and EU and ensuring that you get the stock you need for your patients.
What is the benefit of trading with 4Pharma?
Our highly trained and knowledgeable Account Managers are friendly and polite and will assist you in the ordering process and ensure that you are getting the best returns and are not being restricted supply. We don’t refer to the Pharmacies that are trading with 4Pharma as customers – but as members because you become a member of the British Independent Pharmacy and Wholesale Association – the only Association committed to standing up for Independent Community Pharmacists!
Is there a minimum order quantity?
No, there is no minimum spend or quantity.
What notice period do I have to give to cancel my agreement to trade with 4Pharma?
Simply give 30 days written notice
When do I get paid for the stock?
You will get paid promptly within 48-72 hours after stock is received at our Warehouse
Request a free 30 minute meeting to find out more about wholesaling with 4Pharma
Contact: 0800 015 0869