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Some Facts

The UK Number 1 Independent Pharmaceutical supplier

Supplying over 100,000 speciality medicines with the patient in mind

Working with over 500 manufacturers worldwide to satisfy patient needs

Currently partnering with a number of pharmaceutical companies for the named patient supply of product under controlled access programmes

Meeting the needs of thousands of patients across the globe 

Sourcing from and supplying to 6 continents

Supplying to over 250 hospitals in France

Supplying 26 states and 1 Federal District in Brazil

Sourcing over 200 lines from North America every month

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Helping ensure patients have access to the drugs they need, when they need them

Mawdsleys is the largest independent pharmaceutical wholesaler in the UK with a fast growing international network supplying medicines to meet patient needs and providing a route to market for manufacturers.

With a history tracing back to 1825, Mawdsleys has the pedigree and resources to be the reliable and experienced supplier of choice to hospitals and pharmacies around the world.

Our history speaks for itself:

Thomas Mawdsley established a wholesale trader of cloth, groceries and medicinal products in Manchester.

Thomas’ son, Daniel, invested into the business, which became known as D Mawdsley & Co. Customer deliveries made by horse & cart.

Joseph Brooks Ltd, founded as a manufacturer and wholesaler of creams and ointments.

Denis Mawdsley, great-grandson of the founder, became Managing Director.

D Mawdsley & Co acquired Joseph Brooks Ltd, the new business trading as a manufacturing chemist and wholesale druggist.

The two companies formally merged as Mawdsley-Brooks Ltd and moved to new 6,000 sq ft premises in Salford.

Second depot opened in West Bromwich.

Smith & Hill in Sheffield was acquired, becoming Mawdsleys third depot.

Head office moved to South Langworthy Road in Salford and the business initiates a series of acquisitions through the following decade including Positive Solutions, Luto Research Ltd,the DE Group, Doncaster Pharmaceuticals, National Generics, Eurodrug, Eclipse Generics and Crosspharma

Pharmacy IT company Positive Solutions and shortline wholesaler Doncaster Pharmaceuticals were also acquired in this year

New depot opened in Milton Keynes to service the south east of England. 

Design & build of new Sheffield depot. Launched Mawdsleys Pre Wholesale (MPW) third party logistics division

First listed in The Times Top Track 250

Established further overseas affiliates, MBI and Mawdsleys France, in addition to acquiring Eurodrug.

Two new sites opened in Doncaster. EU-GMP approval for Mawdsleys Unlicensed Medicines facility at Quest 22 (as well as re-labelling & Clinical Trial supply) and Quest 90, a new state-of-the-art depot, giving increased capacity at MPW.

Turnover in excess of €350m with 900 staff across 12 strategically located distribution centres and international offices

Office opened in Sao Paulo, Brazil and Mawdsley Brooks Brazil (MBB) is born. Also this year, there was an MBO of Doncaster Pharmaceuticals, DE Pharmaceuticals, Eurodrug and Eclipse Generics, to allow management to concentrate on other services.

New premises acquired in Manchester, which will become known as “International House” and from which the international operation and specialty medicines division will be run.

The International Division is on track for significant growth with local offices already established in a number of markets both in and outside of Europe. Strategies are in place to increase our footprint into further territories over the next two to three years, in addition to forming strategic alliances with both manufacturers and specialist in-market players. 

Helping ensure patients have access to the drugs they need, when they need them.

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