Asda supermarket customers can now order prescriptions alongside their groceries online following a partnership between the supermarket and Pharmacy2U.

Prescriptions will then be approved by a patient’s GP and checked by Pharmacy2U before being delivered to the customer via a tracked Royal Mail service.

Head of pharmacy and superintendent pharmacist at Asda Pharmacy, Faisal Tuddy, said that the new service would benefit Asda customers that may not have access to the supermarket’s in-store pharmacy.

He said: ‘We're thrilled to announce the launch of our online prescription delivery service with Pharmacy2U. By launching this platform, we are now able to reach even more Asda customers across the country, some of which may not have an Asda Pharmacy nearby.

‘We know how important it is for families to be able to simply access their repeat prescriptions without having to worry. This expansion ensures greater convenience for our patients, who can now easily access these services online.’

The two companies partnered together in 2023 to deliver a Covid and flu vaccination programme based in a number of Asda stores.

Several large supermarkets including Asda have closed multiple in-store pharmacies over recent years.

Last year, pharmacy multiple LloydsPharmacy closed all 237 of its branches located within Sainsbury’s stores, while distance selling pharmacy (DSP) LloydsDirect was sold to Pharmacy2U in October.

NHS England’s director for primary care Amanda Doyle recently suggested that the provision of pharmacy services is currently balanced ‘in a different way’ amid community pharmacy closures and a rise in DSPs.