First ever UK drone delivery of prescription medicines from Portsmouth to Isle of Wight
Boots has completed a test drone delivery of prescription medicines for the first time in the UK with the flight went from Portsmouth to the Isle of Wight.
Following this test, they are now assessing the possibility and is working with medical drone startup Apian to facilitate a trial.
Boots has become the first community pharmacy in the UK to transport prescription-only medicines by uncrewed aerial vehicles (UAVs) – commonly known as drones.
The leading health and beauty retailer has already completed a test flight transporting prescription-only medicines by drone from Portsmouth to the Isle of Wight earlier this month.
The flight departed from the British Army’s Baker Barracks on Thorney Island near Portsmouth and arrived at St. Mary’s Hospital on the Isle of Wight. The medicines were collected by Boots and transported to its pharmacies across the island, where they will be dispensed to patients with prescriptions for them. The prescription medicines on the UAVs will include those that are regularly dispensed on the Isle of Wight.