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A staff member sorts through packs among hundreds of rows of medicines. Picture: Steve Humphreys

A staff member sorts through packs among hundreds of rows of medicines. Picture: Steve Humphreys

Vaida Kareiviene

Vaida Kareiviene

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A staff member sorts through packs among hundreds of rows of medicines. Picture: Steve Humphreys

Among dozens of rows of monster racking and conveyor belts, women in hi-vis vests and protective visors are pulling products from assembly lines and carefully placing them into tote boxes.

The products are familiar: Nurofen, Sensodyne and paracetamol. Others have longer, unpronounceable names, and are addressed to hospitals and pharmacies around the country.

As we pass the final row on the second floor of one of United Drug's 6,700 sq m Citywest warehouses in Dublin, one woman signals to a trio of socially-distancing women who are engaged in chatter, to warn them a manager at the pharmaceutical wholesaler is approaching. The ladies disperse to their sections as quickly as their steel-capped boots will allow.