SOURCE: Sharp Clinical Services

Sharp Clinical Services

October 01, 2013 03:00 ET

United Drug plc's Packaging Services Rebranded as Sharp Packaging Services

DUBLIN, IRELAND--(Marketwired - Oct 1, 2013) - United Drug plc, a leading international provider of healthcare services, has been renamed as UDG Healthcare plc (LSE: UDG). All of the Group's packaging services will be rebranded as Sharp Packaging Services to enable the organisation to market its services more effectively to international healthcare companies.

Over the last 10 years, United Drug's Packaging Division has grown to become a truly international provider to the pharmaceutical industry. As the company has grown the business has changed and become more complex. This new brand identity will support the company's ambition to be the market leader in innovation, quality and customer lead commercial and clinical packaging solutions for the pharmaceutical industry.

Sharp Packaging Services is an international Packaging company delivering innovative and quality led clinical and commercial packaging, serialisation, design, formulation, printing, label design and clinical trial distribution services to the pharmaceutical industry.

Sharp Packaging Services is built up of two business unit; Sharp Packaging Solutions and Sharp Clinical Services. Sharp Packaging Solutions provide commercial packaging and serialisation solutions for the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industry from sites in the US and Europe. Sharp Clinical Services partners with pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies worldwide, providing clinical trial materials and supply chain management from sites in the US and Europe.

Enda Scott, Managing Director of Sharp Packaging Services explains, "As we have built our division we have also built a strong reputation in the pharmaceutical industry. This reputation is built on our commitment to quality, ingenuity and to building strong lasting relationships with our partners, and managing the needs of existing customers across two continents. We aim to service customers' needs at the clinical and commercial phases, bolstering what we already offer in Europe and the US and, in time, expanding into Asia."

The new corporate branding is built around five core values; Quality, Partnership, Ingenuity, Expertise and Energy. Each of the divisions have been renamed and given a unique colour palette, with the divisional colours then forming part of the UDG Healthcare logo.

For more information about Sharp Packaging Services, please visit the new website at:

For reference:

Enda Scott Greg Lawless  
Lucy MacLauchlan Lisa Kavanagh  
United Drug plc Powerscourt  
Tel: +353 1463 2387 Tel: +44 207 250 1446  

About UDG Healthcare plc:

Listed on the London Stock Exchange, UDG Healthcare plc is a leading international provider of services to healthcare manufacturers and pharmaceutical retailers, with operations in over 20 countries including the US, UK, Ireland, Germany, the Netherlands and Belgium.

Following the companies rebrand to UDG Healthcare plc in October 2013 the Group now operates across four key areas: Aquilant Specialist Healthcare Services, Ashfield Commercial and Medical Services, United Drug Supply Chain Services and Sharp Packaging Services.

Aquilant Specialist Healthcare Services is a leading provider of specialist healthcare and scientific products and services, providing out-sourced sales, marketing, distribution and engineering for the medical and scientific sectors. The financial results for Aquilant are reported under United Drug Supply Chain Services.

Ashfield Commercial and Medical Services is a global leader in the provision of contract sales outsourcing services to pharmaceutical manufacturers with operations in major markets including Continental Europe, the UK, North America and a presence in South America and Asia. Ashfield provides sales teams, tele-sales, market research, business intelligence, market access, nurse educators, medical information, pharmacovigilance, medical communications and event management to healthcare companies in 23 countries. It focuses on supporting healthcare professionals and patients at all stages of the product life cycle.

Sharp Packaging Services is a leading international provider of pharmaceutical contract packaging and clinical trials materials services with facilities in the US, UK, Dutch and Belgian markets.

United Drug Supply Chain Services is the largest pharmaceutical wholesaler in the island of Ireland. It is also the market leader in contract distribution outsourcing (pre-wholesaling) in Ireland and has achieved the No. 1 position in the UK through its joint venture business UniDrug Distribution Group. United Drug Supply Chain Services provides logistics services to healthcare companies, pharmacies and hospitals in the UK and Ireland. 

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Contact Information

  • For reference:

    Enda Scott
    Lucy MacLauchlan
    United Drug plc
    Tel: +353 1463 2387

    Greg Lawless
    Lisa Kavanagh
    Tel: +44 207 250 1446