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White paper explores the rise of speciality medicines and the challenges presented to the industry in terms of demand, access and supply

CHAPPER healthcare
Posted on: 19 Apr 18
White paper explores the rise of speciality medicines and the challenges presented to the industry in terms of demand, access and supply

A specialist British pharmaceutical wholesaler has published a white paper that explores the global challenges of access to, and delivery of, speciality medicines.  In particular it looks at the unique challenges and solutions for the industry in terms of demand, access and supply.

The paper has been released by CHAPPER healthcare ahead of this year’s World Orphan Drug Congress USA, taking place in Washington between 25 - 27th April 2018.

Over the last decade many pharma companies have moved from mass-market drug development to investing in niche speciality medicines. This is good news for patients with rare diseases, however, high development costs and lower patient numbers mean the products may not be accessible to all patients due to cost.

“The rise of specialty treatments for chronic, complex and rare conditions has seen many breakthrough treatments being brought to market and offering new hope to patients,” said Jonathan Chapper, CEO of CHAPPER healthcare.

"However, while each of the last ten years has seen greater spending growth for specialty medicines than their more traditional counterparts, market access has become more complex. Smaller sizes of potential patient populations can often lead to sky high price tags for many of the newer drugs, and this has prompted patients and carers to look for more immediate solutions to help them obtain vital treatments.”

Within the paper, CHAPPER healthcare outlines the approach needed to distribute speciality medicines and the challenges of operating within Europe, including the impact of a post-Brexit European Union.

It also highlights the benefits of Managed Access Programmes (MAPs), and how they could help get drugs to patients faster by providing access to treatments in countries where commercialisation may not be viable or where a formal licence has yet to be issued.

The shift from blockbuster to niche has operated in parallel with the rise of the empowered patient, and increasingly, fund-raising patient advocates which adds further complexity to the landscape. The paper examines this along with the impact of the digital landscape on the consumer. 

For over 40 years, CHAPPER healthcare has been improving patients’ access to medicines by successfully supplying pharmaceuticals, including orphan drugs, non-registered medicines and emergency medicines to clients across the world. 

The company has an experienced team who pride themselves on delivering exceptional customer service and supplying products safely, securely and on time. The company take pride in their role in improving the health and wellbeing of individuals around the globe.

To find out more, visit CHAPPER healthcare on stand 504 at the World Orphan Drug Congress USA. The exhibition focusses on the most pressing challenges and opportunities to bring rare disease therapies to patients, faster.

To arrange an appointment with the team, please contact your account representative or email

To download a complimentary copy of the white paper, visit


Notes to Editors


About CHAPPER Healthcare

Formerly Philip Chapper & Company Limited, CHAPPER healthcare is a world class medical supplies wholesaler and distributor, specialising in importing and exporting pharmaceuticals and medical supplies to markets across the globe.


Established in 1975, the company are experts at sourcing products, consolidating orders and organising shipments, to any destination. Their customers include government ministries, hospitals, clinics, pharmacy chains, health professionals and medical distributors. For more information please visit


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Jonathan Chapper
CHAPPER healthcare

Last updated on: 19/04/2018

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