Pharmacy Consolidations (Mergers)

As part of the consultation on community pharmacy 2016/17 and beyond, PSNC proposed changes to the National Health Service (Pharmaceutical and Local Pharmaceutical Services) Regulations 2013 (the 2013 Regulations) to prevent a new pharmacy stepping in straight away if two pharmacies merge. These proposed changes were accepted by the Department of Health as part of the two year funding package imposed upon community pharmacy in England and announced on 20 October 2016.

On 5 December 2016, amendments to the 2013 Regulations came into force which facilitate pharmacy business consolidations from two or more sites on to a single existing site. Importantly, a new pharmacy would be prevented from stepping in straight away if a chain closes a branch or two pharmacy businesses merge and one closes. This would protect two pharmacies that choose to consolidate on a single existing site – where this does not create a gap in provision.

Full information can be found on the PSNC website.