Norchem Group History

Norchem Limited was formed in May 1960 by six independent Pharmacists as a buying group and was originally set up to benefit independent pharmacists and this remains the prime purpose of the company.

We became a Full Line Wholesaler in 1975 but still supplying to a restricted list of customers.

Norchem progressed for 30 years as a ’members only’ organisation as one regional wholesaler among many in the North East of England.

In the early 1990’s we began to supply non-shareholders as competition consolidated and intensified.

In the late 1990’s we brought in a Chief Executive to tackle competition and create growth.

We created a 100% owned subsidiary – Norchem Healthcare Limited – to purchase pharmacies from independents.  The first pharmacy was purchased in 2000.

In 2014 Norchem was purchase by Lexon UK Ltd. to join the wider Lexon family consisting of 3 wholesale depot's in England and over 50 retail pharmacies.

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