Importing medicines with care and expertise
Imported Unlicensed Medicines

Mawdsleys pioneered the supply of imported unlicensed medicines for UK hospitals in the early 2000s and is now the UK’s largest supplier. The world of pharmaceutical supply is constantly evolving and over the last 200 years, we’ve continued to lead the way.


Like everything we do, importing unlicensed medicines is underpinned by our key principles of quality, value and trust. We have MHRA-approved facilities that operate under GMP and a highly skilled team that offers exceptional service and ensures seamless patient treatment.


We’re included on all NHS tenders for imported unlicensed medicines in the UK, which makes us a preferred supplier of specialist imports — one that can give hospitals access to over 2,000 imported medicines, and stocks of over 500 imported medicines.

We’re the UK’s leading specialist importer into the NHS

When a licensed medicine is in short supply, or no clinically viable UK licensed product exists for patients with rare diseases, there can be pressure on healthcare professionals to find a different solution. Imported medicines from outside the UK that are licensed in their country of origin can be that solution, but sourcing and importing them takes experience and expertise.


We work with a network of pharmaceutical manufacturers and suppliers around the world, and in conjunction with UK regulatory authorities, to source imported unlicensed medicines and clinically viable alternatives to licensed medicines that are in short supply — giving you access to cost-effective, sustainable solutions that can get the medicines to your patients when they need them.

Why are we the preferred specialist importer of unlicensed medicines?
E-Procurement & Technology

• EDI ordering
• e-Invoicing

Online platform

• Live stock levels
• Enhanced product search
• Download PILs, SPCs and Product Summary Sheets

Shorts Service

• Access to unlicensed alternatives for UK drug shortages and discontinuations
• Regular UK shorts bulletin updates

Widest product availability

• Access to over 2,000 imported medicines
• Stock over 500 imported medicines
• Access to compassionate products

In-depth product support

• Product summary sheets
• Translated PILs and SPCs
• Over-labelling in English

Qualified unlicensed team

• ABPI qualified staff
• Global procurement and research team
• GPhC registered pharmacy technicians

Support for pharmacists and technicians

• Lunchtime learning
• CPD content

Unrivalled service

• Dedicated customer service team
• Late order cut off times
• Free next day delivery (ambient and cold chain across the UK)

Download our CPD papers

Ideal to review and use as part of your continuing professional development

Get in touch

As a world-leading specialist importer of unlicensed medicines, you’ll be in safe hands with Mawdsleys. Our customers trust the accurate and reliable service that we provide, which is built on years of knowledge and a commitment to excellence. So, if you’re looking for a specialist importer of unlicensed medicines you can trust, please get in touch.

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