How does the Pharma Supply Chain work?

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With all that panic buying of hand sanitizer and facemasks, have you ever thought what made this happen during the pandemic? The Pharmaceuticals supply chain was the most impacted area due to its complicated process and risks involved. 

Let’s dive in to see how and why?

The supply chain of pharma includes distribution of the drug products from the production area to the distributors, wholesalers, and in some cases, to pharmacies.

The supply chain includes various players like pharma chains, distributors, small retailers, research organizations, hospitals, etc. The more no. of players involved; the supply chain gets more complicated.

Pharmaceutical is a significant component of the healthcare industry and yet get neglected despite its size. The healthcare industry has become increasingly competitive lately. The rise of counterfeit medicines, strict quality regulations have flooded the market. This compelled the supply chain in the pharma industry to be more vigorous and visible.

There are many risks involved in the supply chain of Pharmaceuticals, which cannot be eradicated but can be reduced or neutralized by the organizations. Multiple links of the supply chain are exposed to various risks.

Pharmaceuticals has a long supply chain from sourcing to manufacturing to packaging to distribution, enabling chances of contamination, counterfeiting, and substitution of alternative ingredients.

Most of the pharma companies face challenges like transportation of these drug products in quantity and maintaining the quality of medicine while it reaches to the customers at the correct time.

Supply chain issues are caused by mishandling, inappropriate temperature controls, and inefficient shipping mode.

The majority of pharma products have to be stored under a specific temperature to avoid degradation, hence maintaining the quality. The main risk is long-distance travel time or disruptions in temperature control.

Issues in the pharma supply chain are-

-Inventory Management

-Temperature control

-Warehouse Management 

-Deterioration of drugs

To avoid such circumstances, a proper and efficient supply chain is required.

JSL logistics in Qatar plays a significant role in the pharmaceuticals supply chain. JSL Global provides end-to-end Fulfilment solutions to the healthcare industry.

It’s multi-temp reefer trucks & warehouses are perfect to handle drug products in the range of+ 25°C to -18°C. JSL Global ensures these drug products are delivered on time and in prime condition to pharmacies and end-users.

On top of that, generators provide complete power backup to ensure uninterrupted refrigeration for the drugs & medicines to avoid quality deterioration.

To avoid mishandling and counterfeiting during transportation, all the operations at JSL are closely monitored by a central team of professionals who keep an eagle eye on every moment, ensuring safe delivery to the clients. This reduces the risks and streamlines the complex supply chain of pharmaceuticals. 

What are the benefits of using an efficient supply chain for transporting pharmaceutical products?

  1. It shortens the lead time or the transportation time
  2. Manufacturers can respond quickly to consumer’s demand
  3. Better productivity at lower costs and more profit to the drug manufacturing companies.
  4. Reduction of inventory throughout the supply chain.


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