The futures of pharmacy and the wholesalers are inevitably linked, says Noel Wicks
It’s funny how things change without you realising, and then suddenly one day it strikes you how different things have become. We probably notice it more with day-to-day things, like our children, when suddenly nothing seems to fit them anymore, and looking at our changing town centres, when you reflect on the shops that used to be on the high street. I had one of these moments the other day, about wholesalers.
Thinking back to May 2000 when we bought our first pharmacy, there were the big three pharmaceutical wholesalers, but also a myriad of smaller regional ones as well. They each seemed to stock everything, whether regional or national, and the main differentiators were delivery times and discount levels. Those were simpler days, when you didn’t need a degree in quantum mathematics to work out what you were paying for a product.