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Published on August 3, 2015

The increasing dominance of chain pharmacy

The increasing dominance of chain pharmacy

Boots have recently launched an outpatient pharmacy service. The service is an initial trial and partnership with Northampton General Hospital where a Boots pharmacy has now been opened. The new arrangement enables patients to access pharmacy services more conveniently and at ease. The arrangement also means the hospital is able to reinvest those Pharmacists working within Boots within the hospital, ensuring current patients have access to necessary medications as quickly as possible.

Peter Bainbridge, director of pharmacy at Boots UK said: “This partnership not only ensures we are located where patients want and need us most, but also allows us to work together to support patient care in the local community and make a real difference to people’s health and wellbeing.”

This arrangement comes at a similar time to the recent announcement of LloydsPharmacy’s acquisition of the Sainsbury’s in-store pharmacy service. LloydsPharmacy has acquired the Sainsbury’s pharmacy business with the in-store service now being rebranded. Over recent years LloydsPharmacy have worked to develop a range of services to help manage health – the move to in-store allows them to make the service even more accessible.

As the well-known chain pharmacies become more and more dominant within today’s community we’re wondering what impact this will have on the services provided by independent community pharmacy. We’d love to hear your thoughts, leave us a comment!

 

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