Specific Pharma came to be, because the Danish pharmaceutical wholesaler Nomeco began getting requests from pharmacies– Could Nomeco find vital medicines for their patients, medicines that were unavailable in Denmark?
Nomeco could certainly do that, but at one point the requests were so many that a separate company was established to deliver this specialised services.
We founded Specific Pharma in 2010 and have seen an enormous growth since. Though we serve a niche area in the pharmaceutical industry, our service of procuring unlicensed medicines is in high demand – also across the Danish borders, which is why we quickly tuned out to global view. Today half of what we do is export, and we’re the largest provider of unlicensed medicines and medicine for clinical trials in the Nordic Countries.
Finding the right medicine for a single patient is no simple task. It is detective work and a race against time. Fortunately we already have more than 1000 products in our product range that we can provide quickly.
New products are always put through our extensive quality assurance, to make sure the supplier is reliable. This procedure is important since counterfeit medicines in an increasing problem.
Clinical trial supply procurement is a large part of what we do. Pharmaceutical and biotechnological companies need medicines to compare their products against, so as to maximise the effect of a drug, while reducing the side effects. Eventually this work helps millions of patients get through symptoms and disease quicker and easier. Although our part in this process is small compared to the companies, who develop medicine, we are proud to help their work along.
One time Specific Pharma was contacted by a Danish hospital. They had an entire family with severe and life threatening symptoms caused by the poisonous fly agaric. The family had cooked the mushroom in a dish that was served to everyone. They had not realised the mushroom was poisonous, as it looked like one that was commonly used in cooking in their home country. The medication they needed is notmarketed in Denmark. Specific Pharma found it in Germany and had it flown in over the weekend. Time was of the essence, if everyone’s lives were to be saved. Fortunately the medicine got there in time.
Fortunately it is not always a matter of life or death. Unlicensed medicines have also been used to save a circus show.
The show was in jeopardy when the lead sea lion went into heat. She could not perform in this condition, but unfortunately the medication that could stop the hormonal situation was only registered in the US. The circus vet contacted us, and we imported the medication for the unfortunate sea lion. The show must go on! And so it did.