Ireland’s largest pharmaceutical distribution company.
United Drug is Ireland’s largest pharmaceutical distribution company and was originally founded by a group of pharmacists in Ballina, Mayo in 1948. In 2022 United Drug became part of the PHOENIX group and is now part of Europe’s leading healthcare provider in the sector. Employing more than 650 staff across operations in Dublin, Limerick and Mayo, we partner with more than 1,900 pharmacies, hospitals, clinics and primary care centres across Ireland. Our business spans across three business units; United Drug Wholesale, United Drug Distribution and United Drug Consumer – all leaders in their category.
Our mission as your distribution partner is to help you improve the quality of care and service you deliver to your patients and customers.
For us, the future is about how we can continue to improve the lives of patients around Ireland. This involves making our customers and partners wildly successful. Because when they succeed, the patient wins. Our focus on the patient drives everything we do!
United, We Strive for Excellence
Operational Excellence with the Highest Quality Standards.
Our experience and longevity in the healthcare sector, has successfully positioned us as Irelands leading pharmaceutical distributor. In challenging times, you need a partner you can really rely on and we’re committed to keeping that simple promise, every day.
Quality is at the heart of everything we do and continuous investment in quality standards such as ISO 9001:2008, cold chain maintenance, IMB approved premises and Good Distribution Practice (GDP) ensure operational excellence.
Our Country Board
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Paul graduated from the University of Limerick with an Industrial Engineering Degree. Prior to becoming Managing Director of United Drug in 2014 Paul held several senior roles in Engineering and Operations through which he has developed extensive leadership, strategy development, operational and risk management skills.
Jim is a qualified Chartered Accountant who has held senior roles in Healthcare and Professional Services. He has in-depth knowledge of financial reporting and related regulatory and governance requirements.
As Finance Director, Jim also has responsibility for our Audit and SOx functions.
Catherine holds an Msc in Instrumental Analysis, a Post-Graduate Diploma in Pharmaceutical Validation Technology as well as primary degree in Science and a green belt. Catherine has previously worked in a variety of senior roles in the pharmaceutical manufacturing sectors. Catherine, as Operations Director, is responsible for our Operations, Quality and IT functions.
Operations Quality Director
Stephen is a graduate of The Marketing Institute of Ireland. Stephen has held various Marketing, Commercial and Purchasing roles within the business and is now responsible for our Procurement Function. Stephen has an in-depth knowledge of how to develop and maintain long term supplier partnerships coupled with a very strong commercial acumen and is focused on delivering an appropriate strategic customer offering to support the business.
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Christy is a graduate from University of Limerick with a degree in Business Studies. Christy has held a number of senior commercial roles in the FMCG sector and is now the Consumer Director heading business units such as Pemberton, Profitlines, Intrapharma and Blackhall.
David is a Graduate of the Marketing Institute and is the Director of the United Drug Distributors and Hospitals division in the Republic of Ireland. David previously held senior roles in the Wholesale and Life Sciences sectors.
Distribution and Hospitals Director
David holds a degree in Law from the University of Wales, and qualifications in Data Privacy, Intellectual Property and Technology, andFinance. David is admitted to the roll of Solicitors in Ireland and England,and manages the Legal, Compliance, and Data Protection Teams within thebusiness, in addition to acting as Company Secretary. David has previously heldroles in private practice, in addition to extensive experience as a LegalCounsel in the Clinical Research and Life Sciences sectors.
Legal and Compliance Director
Hillary is dual Masters educated in Marketing and also Strategic HR Leadership. Over 20 year’s experience working within the Human Resources space; prior to becoming Human Resources Director in November 2022, she held a European CHRO role within Healthcare logistics and distribution for 4 years as well as holding multiple HR strategic roles within the FMCG, Semi State as well as Pharma Distribution Space. A passionate, engaging leader with a track record in creating moments of levity, innovation and creativity in workplace empowering employees to do their best work in a collaborative manner.
Human Resources Director
Supply Chain Excellence
Exceeding expectations in supply chain excellence is the foundation of our business. We continue to focus on the latest innovations and processes to strive for best in class service every time.