The team celebrates the opening in Blackrock, Dublin.
The team celebrates the opening in Blackrock, Dublin.

Our business in Ireland

Since 2016 United Drug, the largest pharmaceutical wholesaler in the Republic of Ireland, is part of McKesson Europe. As the largest pharmacy group in the country, LloydsPharmacy Ireland currently has 94 branches and employs nearly 1,000 people.

At a glance

  • United Drug, wholesale
  • LloydsPharmacy Ireland, retailer with approx. 1,000 employees
  • Pharmacy and Consumer solutions
  • 94 pharmacies (December 2015)

Wholesale

United Drug Wholesale is the largest pharmaceutical wholesaler in the Republic of Ireland, providing time-critical deliveries of pharmaceutical and consumer health products to retail and hospital pharmacies throughout the state. We also specialise in pre-wholesale, providing contract distribution and other services to pharmaceutical, consumer health, and animal health manufacturers in Ireland.

United Drug Consumer brings together four previously separate companies: Pemberton, Intrapharma, Blackhall and Profitlines. Our main activity is supplying and distributing the products normally found at the front of the pharmacy counter – from fragrances and cosmetics to over-the-counter medicines. We also offer a range of services including sales, training and marketing to our suppliers (also known as principals) and to our department-store and pharmacy customers.

United Drug Distribution manages outsourced activities on behalf of the healthcare manufacturer. Our core focus is in the areas of storage, order processing, distribution, commercial support and value added services.

Pharmacies

In 2001, McKesson Europe opened pharmaceutical retail businesses in Dublin, Ireland. Soon, additional pharmacies were acquired or newly opened in Dublin and right around the country, increasing the number of McKesson Europe pharmacies to 72.

In 2009, McKesson Europe opened the first DocMorris pharmacy in Ireland. Two years later the Group began its rebranding of DocMorris, which continued up until 2012 when the company opened its 73rd store in Ballyfermot, Dublin. 2013 marked another exciting year with the opening of the first franchised pharmacy in Tullamore in July and the brand transformation from DocMorris to LloydsPharmacy in September.

Ireland has a population of 4.7 million people and a total of more than 1,800 community pharmacies, creating a ratio of 2,500 inhabitants to every store.

Pharmacy partnership network

As the largest pharmacy group in the country, LloydsPharmacy Ireland currently has 94 branches and employs nearly 1,000 people in the branches as well as in the support office in Cabinteely, Dublin. At present there are four franchised pharmacies in Tullamore, Westport, Galway and Ringsend. The independent pharmacies are provided support from a strong pharmacy brand and the opportunity to become part of Ireland’s leading pharmacy group while retaining their locally known, brand name.

“At LloydsPharmacy Ireland we believe that health is more than just the opposite of being sick. It means being able to live life to the fullest and having a positive attitude. Our goal is to motivate our customers to enhance their healthcare experience regardless of lifestyle or what stage of life they are at.” said Goretti Brady, Managing Director, LloydsPharmacy Ireland.

Although still a relatively young company in Ireland, LloydsPharmacy has already achieved a number of successes. The company has been shortlisted for and has won some of the most prestigious awards for their people practices and employee excellence.

Learn more about LloydsPharmacy Ireland: www.lloydspharmacy.ie