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Glasgow pharmacies prepared for Commonwealth Games

Wholesalers have warned pharmacies delivery times could be affected by games

Road closures and increased footfall could affect service provision during sporting event


Pharmacies in Glasgow are braced for medicines delivery disruptions during the Commonwealth Games, which will see more than one million people descend on the city.

Pharmacists told C+D they were concerned that road closures would make it harder to receive medicines during the games, which began on Wednesday. As well as spectators, a further 15,000 volunteers and 4,500 athletes from 71 nations are expected in the city.

Apple Pharmacy in Glasgow's Hampden district said it was prepared for major disruptions because of its close proximity to Hampden Park football stadium, one of the games venues.

Pharmacy manger Melissa Shaw said she had been warned some deliveries could take place at night, while others might not arrive at all. Her area manager had considered arranging to collect drugs from his other pharmacies, although this would "be a bit of a nightmare", she said.

Superintendent of New Life Pharmacy Elizabeth Roddick said she had been warned by their wholesaler that the pharmacy should concentrate on morning deliveries in case orders could not reach them on some afternoons.

Ms Roddick said she expected a higher footfall as a result of catering for foreign visitors and had ensured the pharmacy was well stocked with over-the-counter treatments such as antihistamines, painkillers and indigestion medication.

The British Association of Pharmaceutical Wholesalers (BAPW) said it was "fairly comfortable" members would still be able to supply pharmacies in Glasgow for the duration of the games, which run until August 3.

Community Pharmacy Scotland (CPS) said it had "flagged up the issue" of delivery disruptions with the Glasgow 2014 Pharmacy Planning Group and had been assured deliveries would be prioritised.

CPS pharmacy services manager Matt Barclay said he had not heard of contractors being "significantly disadvantaged" by disruptions at the time C+D went to print.

During the 2012 Olympics, pharmacies in east London experienced no significant problems receiving medicines, despite fears of major disruptions.

What experience do you have of disruption to your pharmacy during major events?

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N O, Pharmaceutical Adviser

During the Olympics, a multiple had operated Pharmacy counters at different venues. The best solution to the delivery problems during such events is to allow Wholesalers to open their counters in these venues :-) Just a thought !

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