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Newcastle Specials Pharmacy Production Unit

Contact: (0191) 282 0395 - Business Manager

Newcastle Specials is a MHRA approved pharmacy production unit, manufacturing unlicensed specials for the Trust, and supplying a range of high quality cost-effective products to other NHS Trusts, private healthcare providers, retail pharmacies and commercial organisations.

Based at the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle upon Tyne, it boasts a purpose-built facility and NHS lead unit status in the North East of England. Our talented team of over 40 highly experienced staff manufacture more than 180,000 individual dose units every year.

With four specialist manufacturing zones, including two for aseptics with isolator technology, we perform numerous types of manufacture including Non Sterile, Cytotoxic Chemotherapy, Parenteral Nutrition bags, Centralised Intravenous Additives Service, as well as large and small volume Terminally Sterilised and Aseptic Manufacture.

Our technical team works alongside expert clinicians to support a wide range of patient needs, delivering high-quality manufactured product to exacting requirements – from highly specialist medicines to high risk patient-ready intravenous products.


Newcastle Specials website

The Newcastle Specials Pharmacy Production Unit has its own dedicated website where you will find more detailed information about our products and services.

Range of products

We produce a wide range of sterile and non-sterile dose forms, including:

  • Ointments & creams
  • External paints & lotions
  • Sachets & capsules
  • Oral liquids
  • Oral medicated lollipops
  • Suppositories
  • Eye drops
  • Nasal drops
  • Antibiotic injections and infusions 
  • IV infusions and syringes
  • Patient Controlled Analgesia solutions in syringes
  • Cytotoxics (including dose banded range)

All our products are listed on the NHS Pro-File product information database, which helps users identify and source unlicensed specials. Access is restricted to registered NHS pharmacy staff. 

Registered customers can also find product details on our Newcastle Specials website.

Our commitment to quality

We are committed to the manufacture of high quality medicines and continually review our product range to ensure they meet specialist requirements and deliver value for money, for our Trust and external customers. 

As part of our commitment to quality standards, the unit has its own well-equipped onsite Quality Control laboratory which is involved environmental testing, as well as checking the quality of all raw materials and containers and performing assays on manufactured medicines. Newcastle Specials operates under a Specials Licence, IMP Licence and Wholesale Dealer’s Licence.

How to order

For ordering and enquiries on product range and availability:

Telephone:  (0191) 282 0395

Contact us

To contact our Newcastle Specials Pharmacy Production Unit:

Telephone:  (0191) 282 0395 or 

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