By leveraging the scale of Uniphar we provide industry-leading support and expertise to Ireland’s pharmacies, enabling independent pharmacies to compete with large multinational chains. We operate a vertically-integrated model that includes over 280 pharmacies. These include our two symbol groups, Allcare Pharmacy and Life Pharmacy.
Allcare Pharmacy is now the largest Irish-owned pharmacy group. It operates a dual franchise/owned model offering independent pharmacists a suite of support and services that help pharmacies to meet the demands of a changing industry.
We see Allcare pharmacies as focal points for community healthcare, so the time the pharmacist spends with the patient is what matters most. Our back-office support frees up pharmacy teams to focus on their patients and customers, allowing pharmacists to concentrate on their role as a key part of the primary healthcare system.
Because of its size and the backing of Uniphar, Allcare significantly improves the buying power and therefore margin of member pharmacies. Allcare also focuses on digital technology to improve the workflow in pharmacy and uses up-to-date Business Intelligence and Management Information Systems to help pharmacy owners to identify areas for improvement in their stores.
Hickey's is a group of community pharmacies based primarily in Dublin, Cork and their commuter belts. Focused on patients and customers, Uniphar acquired the group in 2021.
McCauley Health & Beauty
McCauley Health & Beauty is a group of pharmacies around Ireland focused on health, well-being and beauty. Uniphar acquired the McCauley brand in 2023.
Life Pharmacy is the fastest-growing pharmacy symbol group in Ireland. Life is pharmacist-led, a model that is unique in that its members, through the Life Board, decide the strategic direction of the group. This is coupled with the strength of Uniphar to maximise the benefits to pharmacy owners and customers alike.
While offering a comprehensive level of support and services, Life allows independent pharmacists to retain control over their most important decisions. It supports them with a particular emphasis on brand and the provision of key services and expertise.
This translates to highly-competitive buying, national brand campaigns, local marketing support, merchandising and category management expertise, regulatory support and claims management.