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Shortage of drugs led pharmacists to warn "the consequences could be further hospital admissions or even fatalities"         "They will not explain their imposed quota system and they will not discuss the issue directly." Shortages were "out of hand and nearing catastrophe" - Andrew McCoig, the chief executive of the NHS pharmaceutical committee for Merton, Sutton         "Before the introduction of manufacturers' quotas, the market for medicines worked effectively. No longer can patients be assured that if they walk into a pharmacy their medication will be available immediately or within an acceptable timescale." - Calderdale and Kirklees local pharmaceutical committee         Four in five NHS trusts in England & Wales say patients are suffering "unacceptable" delays for drugs         Lives at risk by shortage of critical medicines because pharmaceutical companies are rationing drugs, NHS leaders warn         A survey of 60 NHS authorities found that the shortage was doing patients "serious harm", with patients facing delays of up to 6 months - (The Telegraph 22 June 2012)         Imposed rationing to stop sale of drugs abroad has made the shortages much worse, say NHS leaders and pharmacies. - (The Telegraph 22 June 2012)         "The current restriction in supply imposed by drug companies is harming the public and must be addressed urgently." - Prof John Parkes, the chief executive of NHS Milton Keynes and Northamptonshire



Who are BIPWA?

BIPWA is the British Independent Pharmacy and Wholesale Association. Set up in order to protect and unify all UK Pharmacy wholesalers, BIPWA currently represents up to 100 Pharmacists in the UK. The purpose of BIPWA is to ensure our members and the sector we represent exceed the regulatory and safety demands of the supply chain and that they continue to conduct business that adds value to the UK health economy.


When was BIPWA created?

BIPWA was set up on the 1st November 2011


Is any information of BIPWA members ever given out?

All members of BIPWA have a confidentiality agreement when signing up. No information is given out to any third party unless permission is requested by the board. Please be aware that the anonymity of our members is vital for BIPWA and we pride ourselves on protecting the identity of our members.


How Can BIPWA help you?

Whether you’re a pharmacist, Pharmacy owner or patient BIPWA is here to help.

We exist to make sure you get the medication you have a legal right to obtain. As a Pharmacy/Pharmacist you have an obligation to your customers and the local area to stock the medication that is needed.


We help you to get that medication


As a patient you need drugs to help keep you healthy, and in some case, even survive. BIPWA was created to not only do everything possible to try and obtain those medicines for you but we also raise awareness for the UK drug shortage in order to make sure you have a secure supply of medication for the future.


How can BIPWA affect the future of the NHS?

It has been estimated that within the next 50 years, the NHS will not exist due to rising pharmaceutical costs and the direction the world economy is heading in.


As well as trying to obtain medications for pharmacies and patients all over the UK, BIPWA also attempts to increase awareness in regards to the future of the NHS. Parallel trading is one of the few industries left where the UK has a foothold in the exporting of goods.


BIPWA is trying to make sure the UK economy doesn’t collapse through the halting of Pharmaceutical trade within the EU. 

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