Service sector

Healthguard Extends Pharmaceutical Distribution Service to Eastern Province – Adaderana Biz

  • Aims to help local pharmaceutical manufacturers and importers access an island-wide retail network
  • Now has 6 regional distribution centers that provide island-wide coverage of 3,000 pharmacies
  • Ensures fully compliant storage and distribution of temperature-sensitive pharmaceuticals

Healthguard Distribution – the only fully fledged national pharmaceutical distribution service in the country recently opened its sixth regional distribution center in Batticaloa. The launch comes at a time of macro-economic volatility that has destabilized the country’s pharmaceutical supply chains in the region, leaving a void that is now being filled with this fully regulatory compliant distribution center. In addition, the new center encourages new economic activity in the region; bringing new employment and development opportunities to Eastern communities while rebuilding and strengthening the healthcare supply chains that patients depend on.

Healthguard already operates regional distribution centers in West, Central, South, North West and Sabaragamuwa provinces, all pharmacies and clines in these provinces. This latest expansion into Eastern Province will increase its total direct pharmacy coverage and bring nationwide regulatory compliance to this region in line with NMRA Good Distribution Practice guidelines and beyond.

The new facility significantly increases the region’s logistical capacity and readiness for safe and reliable pharmaceutical distribution. It enables Healthguard Distribution to help local manufacturers and importers access an island-wide network of pharmacies for their products and enable last-mile delivery, even despite the operational challenges posed by the crisis. current fuel.

Building on the strength of its diversified parent company, Healthguard Distribution is the first pharmaceutical distribution-as-a-service (DaaS) model to be deployed by a Sri Lankan healthcare company. It serves as a regulatory-compliant island-wide distributor for all health and wellness products.

Currently, most pharmaceutical and healthcare importers and manufacturers manage their distribution through individual third-party distributors who may not always be reliable due to external challenges. In such a context, Healthguard, with the support of the extensive distribution network of Sunshine Healthcare Lanka, has set up Healthguard Distribution to meet the needs of local pharmaceutical importers and manufacturers.

Commenting on the latest addition to the network, Sunshine Holdings PLC Group Managing Director Vish Govindasamy said, “Pharmaceutical distribution is at the heart of the healthcare industry in Sri Lanka. We play a vital role in patient care by ensuring optimal availability of prescription drugs and wellness products. The increased dedicated warehousing and distribution capacity of our new Eastern Regional Center, including temperature-controlled areas and cold chain management facilities, ensures that all temperature-sensitive products are delivered to regional pharmacies within conditions consistent with good distribution practices.

Healthguard Distribution centers contain a fully compliant dispensing setup to meet the stringent requirements of relevant regulatory authorities and pharmaceutical manufacturers. The company is designed to ensure the uninterrupted distribution of pharmaceuticals even in adverse conditions such as the pandemic, as the service is operated by teams of well-trained staff to deliver on the company’s promise of 24-hour service. 24 via a fleet of validated temperature-controlled devices. distribution vehicles. They are equipped with generators to ensure 24/7 operation of temperature-controlled spaces and mitigate the challenges caused by power outages.

Healthguard is a comprehensive healthcare distribution company operating in Sri Lanka and is a wholly owned subsidiary of Sunshine Holdings PLC. Building on the strength of its parent company in the healthcare industry, Healthguard operates as a single-source distributor of high-quality health and wellness products to every corner of the island. The company provides a service that would eliminate complexity and help pharmaceutical companies focus on their core competency, thus ensuring the prosperity of the industry. Healthguard remains steadfast in its commitment to providing high quality pharmaceutical products to all citizens of our island nation, while establishing itself as a one-stop solution for all local healthcare importers and manufacturers.