Aware of the growing challenge within the NHS to improve efficiency, patient safety, and the time patients spend waiting for their prescriptions to be dispensed, Kent Pharma has been working in conjunction with NHS customers and lead procurement pharmacists to give you the best solutions. Ian McWilliams, Hospital Over Label – Key Account Manager (North) at Kent Pharma, talks to WPR about the important role of over-labelling, and the benefits achieved through the company’s scope of services.

WHAT IS OVER-LABELLING?

Over-labelling is a standard pack of commonly-used medication with the drug’s name, dispensing directions and BNF warnings added to a label and applied to each pack.

In practice, medicines supplied for use under a PGD (Patient Group Directive) are often in packs that are pre-labelled by a licensed manufacturing unit. These labels include all the standard labelling requirements, leaving a space on the pack for the patient’s name, date of dispensing and address of the supplying service to be added at the time of supply. This is sometimes known as over-labelling.

In most cases, the pack to be issued under a PGD will need to be labelled to reflect the dose exactly as authorised in the PGD, as if it were being dispensed against a prescription.

WHY DO WE NEED AN OVER-LABELLED MEDICINE?

Over-labelled medicine allows doctors and nurse prescribers to safely supply to patients.

There is a lot of pressure in hospitals to discharge patients quickly so that they can release beds for the next patient. Instead of the patient having to wait for their medicines to come from pharmacy, which sometimes can take a whole day, there is a selection of medicine on the wards / clinics which are already over-labelled so the nurse can give it to the patient and discharge them quickly. There is therefore a quick turnaround and no bed blocking that prevents another patient from being admitted to the ward.

In the OOH sector, doctors now have to give the whole dose of medicine to patients rather than giving them a few doses and asking them to go to their GP.

AT KENT PHARMA, DO YOU MANUFACTURE YOUR OWN PRODUCTS?

Yes, Kent Pharma is a leading sales and marketing distributor of branded generic and generic medicines both within the UK and internationally. We are one of the largest manufacturers of antibiotics to the UK market and all our manufacturing is based at Athlone in Ireland.

WHAT ARE YOUR CURRENT LEAD TIMES ON DELIVERING OVER-LABELLED PRODUCTS?

We have over 500 products which are next-day delivery as SL4 / SL5 stock items. As for SL2 Bespoke labelling, we offer a 14-day turnaround.

WHAT IS YOUR MINIMUM ORDER QUANTITY ON OVER-LABELLED PRODUCTS?

We offer no minimum order quantity on all SL4 / SL5 stock lines and a minimum order quantity of 30 packs on our SL2 Bespoke products.

CAN WE HAVE ACCESS TO YOUR CMU PRODUCT AND PRICING FOR OUR BUSINESS?

Yes, we can offer our CMU range with our CMU agreed pricing, including a small charge for our mini address label on top.

ARE WE ABLE TO ORDER WITH KENT PHARMA USING EDI?

Yes, we are fully equipped with having all accounts set up with ourselves on EDI.

Meeting Your Needs

At Kent Pharma our broad range and portfolio of over 520 products is responsive to your needs, allowing us to offer the package to meet your diverse requirements. We source efficiently, which allows us to pass on savings directly to you.

Our purpose-built, temperature-controlled, MHRA and NHS-audited re-packaging and assembly suite has the capacity to produce up to 500,000 packs per month and allows much of our over-labelling to be done automatically, allowing for a rapid, accurate turnaround of the highest quality.

With Kent Pharma Over-Label we recognise the growing challenge within the NHS to improve patient safety and the time patients spend waiting for their prescriptions to be dispensed. This is why we constantly work in conjunction with our NHS customers and lead procurement pharmacists to give you the best solutions.

Kent Pharma over-label lead the way with the following:

Comprehensive range of generically-labelled products

Competitive and fixed-term pricing

Stock management efficiency

GS1 compliant

BNF and DM+D formats as standard

E-procurement

FMD-ready

Next-day delivery

Free delivery on over £100 spend

Free label design service

Dedicated Account Manager

Bespoke options available, including address labelling

We supply to the following:

NHS trusts

Out-of-hours providers

Independent clinics

Ambulance trusts

Walk-in clinics

Private hospitals

Prisons