Edinpharm is a pharmaceutical, non-profit, buying group , based in Edinburgh. We support independent pharmacies across Scotland, Northern Ireland and northern England.
The company was founded in 1996 by a dedicated group of independent community pharmacists. We pride ourselves in bringing the benefits of being part of a ‘virtual multiple’, to our members, whilst still allowing them to retain their own independence and decision making.
Our goal is to protect and promote the growth of independent pharmacies by leveraging collective buying power, promoting beneficial relationships with people who matter to independent pharmacy, and maximising the return on investment to members of the group.
These are Edinpharm’s principle suppliers. However, we have relationships with many more pharmaceutical suppliers to cover all of our members’ requirements.
We joined Edinpharm towards the end of the pandemic. We had noticed a slip in our GP coupled with a large increase in our prescription numbers. The pressure of working during the pandemic and trying to keep up with the increase in business meant there was less time available to keep a tight grip on purchases and search for best prices. Membership is now a non-negotiable for me, I have complete confidence that I’m getting the best market rate prices for drugs, and there are also other savings to be made, for example discounted renewal costs for our PMR.
After our full first year of trading with Edinpharm our GP increased by 5%, something I would never have managed without the collective buying strength of the group. My only regret is that I didn’t join years ago.
As a new pharmacy owner, joining Edinpharm is easily the most important business decision I have made so far. Very competitive pricing has helped boost profits. Membership benefits also include access to Locums, SOPs, special offers and much more. The greatest advantage is the staff – advice is always provided swiftly, any queries are dealt with efficiently and the overall support on offer is immensely reassuring – another reason to feel confident about putting your trust in Edinpharm!
Being a member of Edinpharm gives me the peace of mind that I will receive the products that I need, at a competitive price. It simplifies the ordering process, allowing me to maintain consistency across my branches and removing the worry of bad ordering habits, allowing me to focus my time on other areas of my business. It’s more than just pricing though, there’s also professional and commercial advice and support via both the Edinpharm team and a network of like minded, independent pharmacists.
“Over and above the competitive pricing, one of the greatest benefits I’ve experienced since joining Edinpharm is access to the pool of knowledge and experience of other members – There’s a real sense of community – independent contractors willing to help and share advice.”
As long-term members of Edinpharm, we know and appreciate the value of belonging to this group. Membership brings access to a large and growing community of independent pharmacies facing the same challenges and sharing ideas and good practice with each other. The members’ portal gives access to an excellent range of services and benefits that today’s pharmacies require, and the extension into support for HR and other management tools is a really helpful development.