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Who are we?

Amalgamated Anthracite Holdings Ltd. was formed in Swansea in 1923, with interests in diversified markets including building materials, transport; warehousing and environmental services. Moving into the Healthcare sector in 1976 AAH acquired Hills Pharmaceuticals, gradually sold off interests in fuel and building materials and expanded our pharmaceutical interest by taking over a large number of businesses. We became AAH Pharmaceuticals in 1985 and purchasing Vestric gave us a nationwide branch network.

Celesio AG (formally GEHE AG), the largest pharmaceutical wholesaler in Europe acquired AAH Pharmaceuticals in 1995.

The acquisition of both AAH Pharmaceuticals Ltd and Lloyds Pharmacy by GEHE UK Plc in recent years has provided a strong foundation for AAH Hospital Service to ensure its position as the UK's largest wholesaler.

A specialist division of AAH Pharmaceuticals, we are a leading distributor to hospital pharmacies in the UK – a full line wholesaler providing a fast, efficient distribution service to NHS, private and prison hospitals throughout the country. Our vision is to be recognised as the best provider of hospital pharmacy solutions in the UK. We aim to provide you with a supply chain partnership solution which focuses on making your job easier and the distribution of pharmaceuticals to our mutual hospital customers more efficient.

Products & Services

Pharmaceutical wholesaler supply services:

  • national twice daily distribution
  • full line wholesaler stockholding
  • supporting Management Information
  • bespoke projects to improve efficiency via our consultancy service
  • emergency cover – 24 hours a day, 365 days a year
  • bar code scanning – to improve accuracy of checking in procedures
  • implementing best practice solutions
  • Medecator, a web based service that enables customers to electronically view stock availability, place orders, check product prices, print invoices and review statements from the previous 13 months

Hospital Account Managers

Our dedicated team of Hospital Account Managers cover all hospitals within the UK; they liaise with all hospital procurement staff on a regular basis as well as being a first contact point for new and existing customers

Channel Development

AAH also has a dedicated team of pharmacy technicians and technical specialists who are available to assist with key projects which have been agreed between AAH and the customer. Their knowledge of the pharmacy processes within secondary care and their knowledge of AAH ensures they are well positioned to facilitate any project designed to maximise the potential opportunities within the supply chain of pharmaceuticals.

What do we do?

We have 19 warehousing branches UK wide and the majority of customers receive deliveries twice a day. We stock in excess of 20,000 different product lines and deliver to over 6,000 customers.

Head Office: AAH Pharmaceuticals Sapphire Court Walsgrave Triangle Coventry CV2 2TX Tel: 024 76 432000


We are committed to ISO9001:2000 Quality Management Standard and are currently achieving accreditation across our branch network, which should be complete by the end of 2005.

Product Recalls/Advisories

Product: Class 2 medicines recall: GlucaGen HypoKit 1mg (glucagon)
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