Newcastle Specials

Newcastle Specials

Newcastle Specials is a MHRA approved pharmacy production unit based at the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle upon Tyne and boasts a purpose built facility and NHS lead unit status in the North East of England.

Services offered

We operate under a Specials Licence, IMP Licence and Wholesale Dealer’s Licence and have an on-site Quality Control Laboratory. Skilled technical staff are responsible for delivering high-quality manufactured products to exacting requirements to support a wide range of patients.

We have five specialist production zones including two for aseptic manufacture using isolator technology. This enables the preparation of products (including hazardous materials) which conform to the rigorous standards required for medicines manufacture and preparation.

The following types of manufacture are performed:

  • Non Sterile
  • Cytotoxic Chemotherapy
  • Parenteral Nutrition
  • Centralised Intravenous Additives Service
  • Large and Small Volume Terminally Sterilised and Aseptic Manufacture
  • Aseptic Manufacture
  • Manufacture for Trials

We provide a responsive and committed service to our customer needs, working together to develop our product range to meet customer and users requirements. This includes development of highly specialist medicines and high risk patient ready IVs to meet National Patient Safety Agency initiatives.

Our talented team of over 40 highly experienced staff manufacture over 180,000 individual dose units per annum. We offer a wide range of sterile and nonsterile dose forms for external application and internal use:

  • Ointments and creams
  • External Paints and lotions
  • Sachets and capsules
  • Oral liquids
  • Oral Medicated Lollipops
  • Suppositories
  • Eye drops
  • Nasal drops
  • Infusions and syringes
  • Patient Controlled Analgesia solutions in syringes
  • Cytotoxics
  • Parenteral Nutrition

We continually review our product range to ensure manufacture of high quality medicines which meet specialist requirements and provide value for money for our Trust and external customers.

Our products are listed on the Pro-File database, a medicines information site to help users identify and source unlicensed specials. Access is available to NHS pharmacy staff who can register at the following web link:

As part of our commitment to quality standards, the unit has its own well-equipped onsite Quality Control laboratory which is involved in environmental testing, as well as checking the quality of all raw materials and containers and performing assays on manufactured medicines.