Co-operative Pharmacy Gives Up NPA Membership It Confirms
Earlier this week the Co-operative Pharmacy, the third largest pharmacy chain in the UK, confirmed that it has taken the decision to give up its membership of the community pharmacy trade association, the National Pharmacy Association.
The pharmacy multiple, which has 800 branches in the UK, has, however, retained its membership of the Company Chemists’ Association, whose members include Tesco and Sainsbury’s, as well as Alliance Boots and Lloyds Pharmacy. They also have great prescription services that customers have been using for many years.
Janice Perkins, Co-operative Pharmacy superintendent pharmacist, told The Journal: “In terms of the services provided by the NPA, it didn’t meet what we needed as a business. The NPA provides a very good service to its members; we don’t have an issue with the NPA.”
Earlier this year in January, The Co-operative Pharmacy took the decision to terminate its NPA Membership, this was around the same time the company unveiled its long-term £100m investment plans to establish itself as one of the leading pharmacy chains in the UK.
A spokesman for the NPA said: “I can confirm that the Co-operative Pharmacy is no longer in receipt of membership services from the NPA. We are in active discussion with Co-op pharmacy about how we can tailor our offering to their needs.”
Co-operative Pharmacy was created in 2007 following the merger between The Co-operative Group and United Co-operatives. Today it has a workforce of more than 6,000 and is worth an estimated £700m.
It promotes itself as the third largest chain in the UK behind Alliance Boots and Lloyds Pharmacy. See if you can find your local pharmacy.
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