Cookie policy: This site uses cookies (small files stored on your computer) to simplify and improve your experience of this website. Cookies are small text files stored on the device you are using to access this website. For more information please take a look at our terms and conditions. Some parts of the site may not work properly if you choose not to accept cookies.


Subscribe or Register

Existing user? Login


Celesio’s acquisition of wholesaler Sangers gets competition approval

Celesio has received the all-clear from the Competition and Markets Authority for its acquisition of the Northern Ireland-based pharmaceutical wholesaler United Drug Sangers. 

Celesio has already acquired other businesses owned by United Drug Sangers’ parent company UDG Healthcare: United Drug, a wholesaler; TCP, a home healthcare provider, both based in the Republic of Ireland; and MASTA, a Leeds-based travel healthcare business.

United Drug Sangers will merge with existing Celesio wholesaler AAH Pharmaceuticals, which also has operations in Northern Ireland. 

Peter Surgenor

Peter Surgenor, previous managing director of United Drug Sangers, will now manage existing Celesio wholesaler AAH Pharmaceuticals and United Drug Sangers following the acquisition in Northern Ireland

Peter Surgenor, previous managing director of United Drug Sangers, will now manage both businesses. He says: “Sangers has been delivering excellence to pharmacy for over 150 years and with AAH Pharmaceuticals we have a new opportunity to bring together scale and expertise with first class service and relationships.”

“The integration process will take some time, but this is a great opportunity to combine the best features of both businesses,” he adds.

Celesio owns 14 Lloydspharmacy premises in Northern Ireland; United Drug Sangers does not own any pharmacies.

Citation: The Pharmaceutical Journal DOI: 10.1211/PJ.2016.20201477

Have your say

For commenting, please login or register as a user and agree to our Community Guidelines. You will be re-directed back to this page where you will have the ability to comment.

Recommended from Pharmaceutical Press

RPS publications

Pharmaceutical Press is the publishing division of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society, and is a leading provider of authoritative pharmaceutical information used throughout the world.


Search an extensive range of the world’s most trusted resources

Powered by MedicinesComplete
  • Print
  • Share
  • Comment
  • Save
  • Print Friendly Version of this pagePrint Get a PDF version of this webpagePDF

Supplementary images

  • Peter Surgenor

Newsletter Sign-up

Want to keep up with the latest news, comment and CPD articles in pharmacy and science? Subscribe to our free alerts.