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Lloydspharmacy owner buys company supplying GP practice pharmacists

Prescribing Support Services also delivers NHS-commissioned clinical services
Prescribing Support Services also delivers NHS-commissioned clinical services

Lloydspharmacy’s parent company has acquired Prescribing Support Services, a company which provides GP surgeries with NHS services and practice pharmacists.

McKesson UK announced it had acquired Prescribing Support Services and Optimed Healthcare – which operates under Prescribing Support Services – both of which “work with commissioners and general practice to help support patients with managing medicines” – last month (December 21).

According to its website, Prescribing Support Services provides “NHS medicines optimisation services”, “NHS-commissioned clinical services”, such as anticoagulation and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) services, and “frail, elderly medication reviews”. It also provides GP surgeries with practice pharmacists, managing their recruitment process and training, it said.

Optimed Healthcare designs pharmacist-led review services and NHS training programmes, according to its website.

McKesson UK said the acquisition will help “support the development of our pharmacists and their teams across our business, providing a clear route for them to foster and apply their clinical skills”.

“Growing this capability will allow us to support the delivery of services to the NHS in line with the…long-term plan and the NHS England clinical pharmacists in general practice scheme,” McKesson UK added.

“We are incredibly excited by this addition to our business and its contribution to a future model for pharmacy in the UK.”

When asked by C+D what the acquisitions mean for Lloydspharmacy branches, McKesson UK said it could not comment further on the announcement.

Last week, Boots announced it had bought health technology company Wiggly-Amps, which will allow patients to order their prescriptions online by linking to their health records.

What do you make of McKesson's acquisitions?

Leon The Apothecary, Student

Lloyds seem to have a child-like mentality when it comes to finances. They buy loads then realise they have to balance the books then sell off assets. The last few years evidence this.

Chris Locum, Locum pharmacist

There are no surprises when money is involved. How long before a downward pressure on pay and conditions...

RS Pharmacist, Primary care pharmacist

"McKesson UK said it could not comment further on the announcement." Basically it means, a Celesio/McKesson/Lloyds Pharmacist in the surgery directing all prescriptions to their local branches. I am suprised this take over was allowed?

Beta Blocker, Primary care pharmacist

Absolute joke... surely there’s some sort of conflict of interest

A Hussain, Senior Management

Yet another conflict of interest.  See if you can influence the prescribing, dispensing and supply of medicines!!

This is like GP's that own dispensaries or pharmacies.  You can't avoid the inevitible conflicts no matter how ethical you claim to be.  Human nature I'm afraid.

Tired Manager, Community pharmacist

Ahhh lovely how many "targets" can we set for the Primary Care Sector.... Oooh look the wholesale side of the business is making good profit on that NOAC at the minute, lets switch everyone over.

Pharmacist Pharmacist, Community pharmacist

Lets watch the large multiples destroy a sector which they have no experience in. Theyve helped drive down working standards for pharmacists in the community sector, now they will bully hard working primary care pharmacists by setting unachievable commercialised targets and difficult working conditions.

Why cant they just stay away? Patient care is never on their agenda, its all about money.

Chemical Mistry, Information Technology

The big pharma always have to spoil everything why they just can't leave things alone

Chemical Mistry, Information Technology

thumbs down please explain?

Pharmacist Pharmacist, Community pharmacist

The thumbs down is most likely someone from the multiples lol. Notice how they have been outnumbered and dont have the courage to make any valid points haha

Pharmacist Pharmacist, Community pharmacist

I totally agree with you Chemical Mistry

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