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How we make and supply our medicines

As the biggest supplier by volume to the NHS, we know that patients all across the UK rely on Teva for their medicines.1

We take that responsibility very seriously. From packaging to distribution, all through our supply chain, we're focused on making our medicines accessible to healthcare professionals and ultimately onto patients.

Making medicines available

We pack around four billion tablets and capsules a year into around 200 million packs of medicines at our solid dose packaging facility in Eastbourne. This site follows industry-recognised Good Manufacturing Practice, meaning the highest standards of quality and safety are applied throughout the packaging process.

From the tablets/capsules arriving in bulk containers to the final medicine boxes being stored on the pallet ready for shipping, our packaging experts oversee every stage. This includes creating the artwork for the outer box, the design and the packaging components.

After they’re packed at our Eastbourne site, our medicine packs arrive at our distribution centre in Castleford, West Yorkshire. Other medicines, such as our branded lines, are delivered directly to our distribution centre.

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Distributing our medicines

Our distribution centre is full of every kind of automated technology you’d expect from an organisation the size of Teva. Its modern systems make sure our medicine packs, boxes and pallets arrive safely with the pharmaceutical wholesaler and ultimately get to patients via pharmacies, hospitals and dispensing practices.

With 25,000 storage spaces, covering the equivalent of three football pitches, it’s an impressive sight. It was built to the highest pharmaceutical standards of Good Manufacturing Practice, and Good Distribution Practice, and it shows our commitment to making medicines available to patients around the UK.

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Wholesalers and pharmacies

Every working day we supply our wholesale partners with the products they have ordered from us. Wholesalers act as the link between manufacturers and doctors, pharmacists and hospitals, taking delivery of medicines; storing them safely and securely until they are needed by customers; then delivering them, as required, quickly and efficiently to wherever they are needed by patients.

You may collect your prescription in a pharmacy or dispensing practice, or you may have been given your medication whilst you were in hospital.

Teva-supply chain

Our main locations

From Eastbourne, to Castleford and Harlow, we have invested in our technology and facilities to guarantee the highest pharmaceutical standards.

There are four main Teva sites in the UK and a large field-sales team who are responsible for geographic areas of the country and our various customer groups.

  • Castleford: a high-tech logistics centre, complete with modern offices and facilities
  • Eastbourne: chiefly a packaging centre where tablets and capsules are packed into blister packaging and cartons
  • Harlow: home to many of our specialists teams including Regulatory Affairs, Marketing, Medical, Human Resources and Legal teams
  • Runcorn: a research and manufacturing facility where sterile products are made for many other Teva markets around the world, including the USA.
Teva employs over 1,200 people across the UK, in our main locations and in field-based roles.

1 Data on file - Teva UK Limited