Pharmacy Voice and BAPW: ‘Working together for better pharmacy healthcare’

10 Dec 2013

Pharmacy Voice and the British Association of Pharmaceutical Wholesalers (BAPW) have agreed to work together to better understand service needs and explain the value of the UK’s medicines supply chain that is already in place across the United Kingdom. The two trade organisations recently held their first-ever joint Boards meeting to discuss common areas of interest, with the over-riding objective of providing leadership to support the pharmacy sector and patients.

Pharmacy Voice and the British Association of Pharmaceutical Wholesalers (BAPW) have agreed to work together to better understand service needs and explain the value of the UK’s medicines supply chain that is already in place across the United Kingdom. The two trade organisations recently held their first-ever joint Boards meeting to discuss common areas of interest, with the over-riding objective of providing leadership to support the pharmacy sector and patients.

BAPW and PV agreed that the combination of logistics and services expertise could be very powerful in the new NHS local commissioning environment, so working together could be an opportunity to offer expert and professional support. Better integration and better communication to benefit patients were a common theme to be explored with the goal of reducing duplication and costs. PV and BAPW agreed to create a number of joint working groups to address specific issues, with the aim of producing ‘best practice guidance’ or ‘codes of practice’ initiatives of benefit to all medicines supply chain partners and patients.

The associations will also explore how joint working with manufacturer representatives to better understand how the UK supply chain works in practice could be used to dispel common myths about the supply chain that devalue the services patients are provided with on a daily basis.

Rob Darracott, Chief Executive of Pharmacy Voice, said: “I’m delighted to be adding to our joint working programme this new initiative with BAPW. Pharmacists and distributors have common cause as partners in the medicines supply chain in working together to improve to ensure patients get the medicines they need safely and efficiently.”

Martin Sawer, Executive Director of BAPW commented: “The UK’s medicines supply chain is an invisible but essential part of a pharmacy’s relationship with its patients, and BAPW is keen to ensure that our members’ business experiences are brought to bear to provide resilience and certainty for pharmacy. I am confident that this new initiative will provide appropriate and varied ways of doing this”.