Leading online pharmacy chain struggling to deliver medicines this winter

Leading online pharmacy chain struggling to deliver medicines this winter

In an announcement, leading online pharmacy chain Pharmacy2U has stated that they will be unable to deliver patient medication until week commencing 11 January 2016.    Pharmacy2U is the leading online pharmacy chain and has the second largest amount of EPS nominations in the UK.  EPS enables prescribers – such as GPs and practice nurses – to send prescriptions electronically to a dispenser (such as a pharmacy) of the patient’s choice.  In summary, this automatically directs a patient’s prescription to a nominated pharmacy chain.  In November alone, Pharmacy2U received over 37K prescription nominations.

 

A spokesperson for Well said, “As we head into the Christmas break, patients having a reliable source of medication is essential.  There will be vulnerable patients across the UK who will not receive their medication when they really need it and we are very concerned about their health and wellbeing as an organisation. 

 

“We need to make people aware so that they can contact alternative providers, to make sure that they are safe and have the medicine that they need at this time of year.

 

“The news comes less than a week after the Department of Health’s announcement that funding for community pharmacy will be cut by over 6% from £2.8bn to £2.63bn per year.  The government will place more reliance on these online distributors such as Pharmacy2U, and as an organisation, Well is increasingly worried about the impact that these funding cuts will have on the safety of patients.”