My name is Greg Bull and I have worked with Dispensing Doctors since 1995, when I stumbled into them via my previous employer way back then. Being honest, I didn’t even know doctors dispensed medicine, let alone ran commercially functioning dispensaries. I was brought up in an urban environment where “Doctors prescribe and pharmacists dispense”. That was the mantra and back in the 1990’s there seemed to be some animosity between dispensing doctors and pharmacy. Hopefully that is a thing of the past.
And so I learnt about The Drug Tariff [wow what a thing to have to read and look at every month… but every cloud has a silver lining], endorsing, branded generics, ethicals, generics, parallel imports, “specials” and much more. I have made many friends in the dispensing doctor world, its a small niche place and I like it.
Now its time I made my own way and found my own feet and can do what I do and help the patient. Its always about the patient for me, always was and always will be. The patient is the most important part of the NHS. I have come to learn so much about dispensing doctor dispensing from so many wonderful, interesting, intelligent and passionate characters from the GP world, pharma, pharmacists and primary care that I want to share it.
I want a team of like-minded people to join with me in this and together we can have some fun, make a difference to patient lives, help keep dispensing doctor practices afloat and viable and most of all, lets save this NHS of ours. it really is a jewel in our crown, lets protect it forever.
I first met Alastair many years ago [maybe seven?] at the Dispensing Doctors Association annual Conference and I was impressed by his honesty, confidence and knowledge of the dispensing doctor world.
Alastair is a training and business consultant who works primarily with dispensing general practice, the pharmaceutical industry and Community Pharmacy, helping his clients improve their operational efficiency, profitability and product market access. As a qualified Pharmacist he is uniquely placed to advise his clients in many aspects of their business.
Alastair has had a varied career history in having worked in UK and Europe in senior managerial roles for Community Pharmacy; as a pharmacy owner; as a practice-based pharmacist; and now as a business consultant. For the last 4 years he has worked on training, coaching and developing numerous practices across England and Wales, and is renowned as an expert in dispensing general practice.
During this time, he has carried out Dispensing Profitability Reviews for over 70 practices and has developed extensive business plans including Pharmacy Contract Applications.
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