Numark Takes Quantum Leap
Numark, the UK’s largest ‘virtual’ chain of independent pharmacies, has confirmed Quantum Pharmaceutical as its preferred supplier of unlicensed medicines. Nearly 3000 Numark members across the UK can benefit from Quantum’s market leading late opening and cut-off times as well as a choice of over 22,000 specials and hard-to-source products.
An unlicensed medicine is one that is specially manufactured to meet a patient’s clinical need where there is no suitable licensed preparation available ― known as a special order product or simply a ‘special’. Numark members, like all community pharmacists, regularly receive prescriptions for specials, for instance if a patient has swallowing difficulties and needs a medicine in a liquid rather than tablet formulation.
Historically, pharmacists made these medicines in their dispensaries, but now many pharmacists choose to order from a specialist manufacturer to achieve a balance between cost, speed and safety, and for the reassurance of a full audit trail including certificates of analysis and conformity. That’s where Quantum comes in.
Sundeep Nagra, commercial manager at Numark, says: “We chose Quantum as our preferred supplier because they provide good quality and a comprehensive product range delivered within the timescales our members require. Some of our pharmacists operate 100 hour pharmacies, so a 9pm cut off for delivery next morning is extremely useful and enables them to respond to their patients’ needs faster.”
Quantum has also been able to help Numark members understand the specials drug tariff by providing training as well as guidance on endorsing specials prescriptions to ensure correct reimbursement from the NHS.
Numark members can sign up via Numarknet, the secure member website, and can also benefit from access to expert pharmacist advice, fast next morning deliveries including Saturdays (for orders placed before cut off time) and convenient late opening hours up to 10pm.
Quantum Pharmaceutical is part of The Quantum Pharmaceutical Group, a leading manufacturer and supplier of niche medicines and services to the healthcare sector.
Posted by: Quantum Administrator on 28th November 2014