Essential Medicines

Essential Medicines - medicines that satisfy the priority health care needs of the population (World Health Organization)

Alan Pharmaceuticals is an international wholesaler and distributor of Essential Medicines. With over 30 years experience in this sector, we now provide Essential Medicines to 25 countries designated by the United Nations as Least Developed Countries.

Our goal is to source high-quality low-cost Essential Medicines and supply them to wherever they are needed in the shortest possible time frame.


To ensure quality, we only source pharmaceutical products from WHO-approved and GMP-certified pharmaceutical manufacturers. In addition, we work closely with testing laboratories in the UK to arrange independent quality analysis of medicines for product efficacy and stability.


We recognise that many Essential Medicines are simply too expensive for those in the developing world. Over the past 30 years, we have developed a Preferred Suppliers Network. This network includes suppliers with whom we have negotiated long-term supply agreements. This enables us to reduce lead times and to keep our prices low. Where possible, we leverage purchase volumes across multiple recipients to achieve even greater price reductions.


Preferential access arrangements with suppliers in our Preferred Suppliers Network enable us to eliminate lengthy lead times. With many of our customers, we operate a just-in-time inventory management system whereby we schedule the production of medicines to coincide with stock demand forecasts.


We recognise that Essential Medicines may become available where manufacturers do not consider them profitable enough and so discontinue their production. We specialise in locating difficult-to-source medicines and our in-house pharmacists provide advice on alternative medicines.

Our Expertise

  • Our in-house pharmacists are able to offer pharmacological and clinical advice.
  • Our in-house lawyers ensure compliance with all regulatory requirements.
  • We operate in the following languages: English, French, Italian, Russian and Spanish.
  • We routinely export pharmaceuticals to the developing world, and are experienced in handling all manner of customs and other regulatory requirements.
  • We offer any combination of freight options by road, sea and air, and are able to meet all storage requirements including “Cold Storage” “Fragile” and “Hazardous”.


Alan Pharmaceuticals holds all relevant UK licences issued by the MHRA for the manufacture and distribution of pharmaceuticals worldwide. We manufacture all our products in strict compliance with UK and EU standards, including EU Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP). We distribute all products in accordance with Standard Operating Procedures to ensure compliance with the EU guidelines on Good Distribution Practice (GDP).

We are licensed by the UK Home Office to supply drugs controlled under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971, specified in Schedule 3, Schedule 4 Parts 1 and 2 and Schedule 5 of the Misuse of Drugs Regulations 2001.


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