Pharmaceutical industry to improve supply chain
13th December 2007
Coalition Technical Officer Steve Kinzett joined representatives of more than 20 pharmaceutical and logistics firms, donors, and technical agencies to explore ways for the private sector to improve access to essential medicines in low- and middle-income (LMI) countries. Convened by the International Federation of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers and Associations (IFPMA), participants at the one-day event agreed on the outlines of a new initiative to strengthen supply systems for all commodities, shorten "plant to patient" time, and achieve sustainable, long-term impact. Next steps will be to choose pilot countries and finalize the design of training, logistics management, and other commercial and quality assurance activities.
This initiative parallels interest within the Coalition's Market Development Approaches (MDA) WG in integrating supply chain management in the private sector, and links well with the growing dialogue between the WG and RH commodity manufacturers. For further details, contact Steve Kinzett.