WASDELL is creating 30 brand new roles after securing a contract to supply medicines and dietary supplements directly to patients and consumers.

The pharmaceutical and health product specialist company has its head office at Blagrove. It is now recruiting for a range of roles, including two qualified pharmacists, to fulfil its contract with a major health care company from its Groundwell Industrial Estate premises.

The contract includes the packing and distribution of pharmacy medicines – drugs that can be bought without a prescription but can only be sold by a pharmacy when a pharmacist is present to make or supervise the sale.

These include painkillers that contain codeine, which can lead to addiction if used for too long, and some nasal decongestants that can raise blood pressure which could be harmful to patients suffering from hypertension.

Managing director Daniel Tedham said: “There is a growing trend for people to order pharmacy medicines and nutritional supplements directly from the manufacturers.

“Wasdell won this contract as a result of its reputation for efficiency and ability to respond to customer demand, and for its commitment to developing packaging that is recyclable or biodegradable.

“Personalised medication is very much the way forward within the pharmaceutical industry.

“There is a national drive to get products directly to consumers and patients, and we are delighted to make an important contribution to that process.

“We are also very pleased to be working with a partner who takes pride in the fact that all their products are made in Britain, and who requires their packaging to be environmentally friendly, and chooses paper-based protection rather than bubble wrap.”

The new contract will begin operating before the end of the year.