Association of Pharmaceutical Specials Manufacturers

Moorfields Pharmaceuticals are members of the Association of Pharmaceutical Specials Manufacturers.

Role of the APSM

The APSM, Association of Pharmaceutical Specials Manufacturers, was set up as the voice of Specials manufacturers in the UK. Unlike our licensed counterparts, Specials manufacturing is a less well understood sector of the pharmaceutical industry, mostly because legislation prohibits The APSM from talking about the medicines and drugs that are produced. 

‘Specials’ are unlicensed medicines which are prescribed because a patient needs a very specific formulation of a drug which isn’t available as a licensed medicine. 

As the trade association representing the interests of companies involved in the manufacture of unlicensed medicines, the role and importance of the APSM has grown in recent months as the organisation has provided a conduit for information and advice to the DH in the lead up to the Specials Tariff.

The APSM represents 16 companies who account for around 80% of commercially produced specials in the UK.   Collectively, these companies have invested more than £150million in innovation and define their role as ensuring the integrity and future of specials in a sector that serves the best interests of the patient.

Members all hold MS specials licence as well as signing up to a code of conduct that mandates various aspects of best practice, such as quality systems, staff training, customer advice lines and labelling and documentation.


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