Who We Are

Moorfields Pharmaceuticals is the manufacturing arm of Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. We produce nearly 100 ophthalmic specials and have a growing portfolio of branded licensed products.

Moorfields Eye Hospital has provided products in response to clinical needs for over 50 years, from just a handful of pharmacists within the hospital, we now employ more than 75 people.

Our speciality in ophthalmology enables us to keep prices lower than many other private specials manufacturers. With the NHS now facing such challenging times, we are determined to maintain our high quality and offer better value to our customers.  We are also keen for our NHS colleagues to know that any profits that we make as an organisation stays within the Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.

All Moorfields Pharmaceuticals` products are manufactured in accordance with our MHRA licences and the Rules and Guidance for Pharmaceutical Manufacturers and Distributors 2007. We pride ourselves on being highly flexible and endeavour to meet the needs of all our customers,whether they be individual pharmacists requiring off licence "Specials" products for single prescriptions, or major world wide pharmaceutical contract manufacturing partners with sophisticated requirements for clinical trials

Moorfields Pharmaceuticals provide a next day delivery service on all orders placed before 3:30pm, and we would recommend placing orders direct with our Customer Service Team for best price on ophthalmic specials.

If you have any questions, then please contact the Customer Services Team here at Moorfields Pharmaceuticals on +44(0)20 7684 9090 (option 1).

What are "Specials" ?

Pharmaceutical products for use in humans are controlled by the Medicines Act 1968 (UK legislation) and relevant EC Directives. Essentially, this legislation requires such products to have a Marketing Authorisation (or Product Licence) in order to allow the product to be supplied. UK legislation also allows an exemption for products to be supplied to meet a "special need" on the request of a clinician for their patients and under their direct responsibility.

Such products are unlicensed and are commonly described as "Specials". They may not have been subjected to the same assessment criteria by the regulatory authorities as licensed products in respect of safety, quality and efficacy.

"Specials" are supplied in order to meet individual patient needs and they are sometimes referred to as "named patient supply". The clinician will determine if the patient has "Special needs" for example, products without preservative where the patient may have an  intolerance to such ingredients.

"Specials" must be supplied against genuine unsolicited orders from the clinician. Clinicians may purchase these products directly from manufacturers but often they are supplied against the prescription given to the named patient with a need for “Specials”.

Moorfields Pharmaceuticals is licensed by the MHRA and holds the relevant manufacturing and wholesaling licences to allow it to supply "Specials". All products supplied are released by our Qualified Persons who are suitably trained and have a vast depth of experience to ensure the products meet the high standards we have set. In addition, we hold detailed records of all supplies made as required by the legislation.

"Specials" can be supplied to export markets subject to the importation requirements of that market. Our expert team can assist with providing relevant information to support these activities.