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HDA UK Media and Political Bulletin – 5 May 2021

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HubRx signs contracts for state of the art hub-and-spoke facility for independents

Pharmacy Business, PB Staff Writer, 4 May 2021

 

Pharmacy Business reports that HubRx announced on 4 May 2021 that it has signed contracts to develop a new 3,000 square metre facility for the UK’s first centralised automated dispensing hub for independent community pharmacists. The warehouse will be based at Logic Leeds business park in Yorkshire.

 

HubRx signed a deal with leading pharmaceutical automated technology experts Knapp to install bespoke technology which will enable hub and spoke dispensing for up to 200 independent pharmacies across the country.

 

HubRx CEO Daniel Lee described the announcement as a “giant step forward” in freeing up independent pharmacists’ time.

 

Matthias Dalkner, Vice President of Healthcare Solutions at KNAPP, said: “We are delighted that HubRx has chosen KNAPP as a technology provider for its first distribution centre in the UK. With our experience in automation for warehouses and automated dispensing solutions like our Pack-to-Patient Line we are confident to contribute to the success of this project.”

 

The company is all set to start work immediately at the new facility in Leeds and is expected to complete the work within 15 months.

 

This was also reported by P3 Pharmacy.

Parliamentary Coverage

MHRA announces appointment of Chief Safety Officer

Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency, 4 May 2021

 

The MHRA announced on 4 May 2021 that Dr Alison Cave has been appointed as its new Chief Safety Officer.

 

Most recently she was an Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund Director at UK Research and Innovation. As a member of the Executive Committee, Dr Cave will lead on safety and vigilance functions and become a Board Director of the Agency.

 

Newly appointed MHRA Chief Safety Officer, Dr Alison Cave, said: “I am tremendously excited to be joining the MHRA as Chief Safety Officer at a time when a rapidly changing scientific, technological and analytical landscape is bringing us new opportunities to evolve the evidence generation around the benefits and risks of medicines and devices.

 

I look forward to working with colleagues at MHRA to continue to improve our medicines and devices safety surveillance in the UK and in facilitating the close partnerships with patients and healthcare professionals envisaged by the Cumberlege report.”

 

Dr Cave will take up her post on 19 July 2021.

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HubRx signs contracts for state of the art hub-and-spoke facility for independents

Pharmacy Business, PB Staff Writer, 4 May 2021

 

HubRx today (May 4) announced that it has signed contracts to acquire and develop a new facility to create the UK’s first centralised automated dispensing hub for independent community pharmacists.

The company said it has signed a deal with leading pharmaceutical automated technology experts Knapp to install bespoke technology which will enable hub and spoke dispensing for up to 200 independent pharmacies across the country.

 

The company has taken a 15-year lease on a 3,000 sqm warehouse at Logic Leeds business park in Yorkshire. With this development, nearly 90 new jobs are expected to be created.

 

HubRx CEO Daniel Lee hailed the move as a ‘giant step forward’ in the company’s mission of freeing up independent pharmacists’ time. The multi-million pound investment in state of the art premises and technology follows the passing of primary legislation in March that will allow independents to outsource dispensing to a contracted pharmacy service provider.

 

Matthias Dalkner, vice president of healthcare solutions at KNAPP, said: “We are delighted that HubRx has chosen KNAPP as a technology provider for its first distribution centre in the UK. With our experience in automation for warehouses and automated dispensing solutions like our Pack-to-Patient Line we are confident to contribute to the success of this project.”

 

Lee said: “We are delighted to sign a contract with Knapp. All of the technology has been tailored to our unique business proposition with the ability to scale up to multiple hubs as our customer base grows – this is just the first phase. Key elements are an efficient automated pick system and pack-to-patient labelling line. We are developing processes that will ensure the safe transfer of clinically checked prescriptions to the hub, and efficient and timely delivery back to the pharmacy.”

 

Lee added: “Working with HubRx, the pharmacy maintains its independence, providing patients with its core NHS prescription service and retaining the EPS patient nomination. Patient relationships, loyalty and goodwill are retained, ensuring the pharmacy has the ability to develop and offer a range of clinical products and services in the future which independents need to embrace to survive. Crucially purchasing margin benefits, based on the entire HubRx capacity, will be passed through to the pharmacy.”

 

The company is all set to start work immediately at the new facility in Leeds and is expected to complete within 15 months.

HDA UK Media and Political Bulletin – 5 May 2021

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