The Specialist

The Reassurance you
and Your Patients Need

In 200 years of operation, we’ve seen far-reaching changes in pharmaceutical supply. One of the biggest has been supplying imported unlicensed medicines, which are licensed in other countries, for UK hospitals, which Mawdsleys was at the forefront of developing in the early 2000s and is now the UK’s largest supplier.

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 offering exceptional service that goes above and beyond to ensure seamless patient treatment.

We are included on all NHS tenders for imported unlicensed medicines in the UK, meaning we are a preferred supplier of specialist imports.

“Access to over 4,000 imported medicines from an experienced, trusted supplier”


The UK’s leading specialist
importer into the NHS

When a licensed medicine is in short supply, or when 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.

Mawdsleys works with a network of pharmaceutical manufacturers and suppliers around the world, and in conjunction with UK regulatory authorities, we source alternatives to licensed medicines in short supply, and for patients when no clinically viable UK licensed product exists. We offer cost-effective, sustainable solutions that enable you to get the medicines your patients need, when they need them.

Why Mawdsleys are the preferred
Unlicensed Medicine supplier


E-Procurement & Technology
• EDI ordering
• e-Invoicing

Online Platform
• Live stock levels
• Product image and supporting documents
• Information about country of origin and translations details


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

Widest Product Availability
• Access to over 4,000 imported lines
• Over 800 stocked lines

In-depth Product Support
• Product summary sheets
• Translated PILs/SPCs
• Product photographs
• Ability to over-label imported products in English

Download our CPD papers

that you can review and use as part of your professional development.


Mawdsleys Sourcing
an Unlicensed
Medicine CPD


Mawdsleys The Unlicensed
Conundrum – Imports v
Manufactured Specials CPD


Our Location


Salford – International House

International House
4 Houston Park
Montford Street
M50 2RP


+44 (0) 161 742 3482

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