Government must look again at restrictive distribution practices such as direct to pharmacy, reduced wholesale and quotas
An NPA ‘task and finish group’, was set up in response to the government’s plan to consult on legislative change to allow Spokes to be in a different corporate entity to the hub.
The Department of Health (DH) suggests that 45% of medicines could be dispensed in Hub and Spoke arrangements within three years. The NPA group agreed that Hub and Spoke could potentially release capacity to deliver services, but stressed:
The NPA believes that the Government doesn’t understand the full consequences of its proposals, and should re- think their policy. The NPA recommends:
IMPROVING OPERATIONAL EFFICIENCY?
When asked whether Hub and Spoke would improve the operational efficiency of their business, only 17% of NPA members surveyed agreed.
IN THE LONG-TERM INTERESTS OF COMMUNITY PHARMACY? More than 75% of NPA members surveyed disagreed that Hub and Spoke would be in the long-term interests of independent community pharmacy.
Almost 80% of NPA members surveyed felt Hub and Spoke would lead to pharmacy closures.
Visit the NPA website to view a webinar on the results of the NPA’s investigation.