Pharmaceutical Supply Management for Developing Countries
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Pharmaceutical Supply Management for Developing Countries

How to Select, Quantify, Procure, Store and Distribute Essential Medicines and Medical Supplies. Pharmacy Supply Chain
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  • 4 hours on-demand video
  • 16 Supplemental Resources
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What Will I Learn?
  • Understand the pharmaceutical industry
  • Pharmaceutical and healthcare needs in low and middle income countries
  • Importance of proper product specification
  • How to forecast/quantify medicines and health products
  • Procurement
  • Warehousing and distribution logistics
  • Rational use of medicines
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  • Although it will be helpful, you do not need to have a pharmaceutical or medical background to understand and benefit from this course. Whether your field of expertise is in (public) health, nursing, laboratory, logistics, finance or general management, you will see that the topics are presented in such a way that you will easily pick up the concepts and able to apply them in your own daily practice.

I'm a pharmacist from the Netherlands with 25 years of hands-on experience in pharmaceutical and medical supply management in developing countries.

From 1993 to 1997, I worked 4 years at Evelyn Hone College in Lusaka, Zambia training pharmacists, then relocated to Uganda (1997-2001) where I helped with the set up of a large pharmaceutical warehouse and did the forecasting, procurement and logistics for Joint Medical Store, a local NGO supplying medicines to hospitals and projects in Uganda and surrounding countries.

In 2001, I came back to Holland to work at IDA Foundation, the world’s largest not-for-profit wholesaler of essential medicines for low and middle income countries. 

In 2004, I established Phasuma, a consultancy specialised in Pharmaceutical Supply Management (hence the name). Since then, I am a regular consultant working for international organisations like

  • World Health Organization (WHO)
  • The Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria,
  • the International Union Against Tuberculosis and Leprosy,
  • MSF
  • National Ministries of Health.

During more than 150 international consultancy missions to more than 30 countries, I have worked with hundreds of health workers, logisticians, legislators, finance people and politicians from all kinds of cultural backgrounds and have learned a lot from these people. I learned that often improvements can be made with relatively simple and low-cost interventions. But I also realised that a lot of the skills and tricks that work best were never taught in Medical or Pharmacy school and neither were they covered in the MBA.

In this course you will learn many of these techniques and it is my sincere aim to inspire you to use them to further improve your own program.Often times they are common-sense concepts and tricks which once seen can never be forgotten.

I hope you will find this course inspiring and that it will help you improving people’s access to medicines!

Who is the target audience?
  • Anyone interested in improving access to medicines and health products in low and middle income countries
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Curriculum For This Course
39 Lectures
The Global Pharmaceutical Market and Industry
7 Lectures 22:29

The Global Pharmaceutical Market Size

The Main Pharmaceutical Companies

Pharmaceutical Research & Development

Blockbuster Medicines and Generic Competition

Summary Pharmaceutical Market
Market characteristics in Low and Middle Income Countries
4 Lectures 15:05

Morbidity and Mortality

Commonly needed Medicines

Obstacles to Access
The Pharmaceutical Supply Cycle
1 Lecture 05:50
Selection & Specification
3 Lectures 21:29
Selection and Specification, Essential Medicines

Fixed Dose Combination tablets (FDCs)

Product Specification
Forecasting & Quantification
4 Lectures 25:02
Introduction to Forecasting and Quantification

Consumption based Method

Morbidity based Method

Main Quantification Parameters
Finance & Procurement
8 Lectures 01:13:24
Introduction Finance & Procurement

Manufacturers versus Wholesalers

Price References

International Freight

Centralized versus Devolved Procurement

Purchasing Methods

Storage & Distribution
7 Lectures 44:22
Introduction to Storage & Distribution

Central Medical Stores

In-country Distribution

Inventory Control

Cold Chain

5 Lectures 35:12
Introduction to Use

Rational and Irrational Use



Expiry, Shelf-life, Disposal
About the Instructor
Ron Wehrens, M.Sc. Pharmacist MBA
4.6 Average rating
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130 Students
1 Course
Pharmaceutical Supply Management Specialist

Pharmacist with master’s degree in business management and more than 20 years of experience in pharmaceutical procurement and supply consultancy for developing countries. Regular pharmaceutical supply management consultant for WHO, UNOPS, UNFPA, the Global Fund and PwC. Completed more than 150 international consultancies.

Key areas of expertise

  • Pharmaceutical needs identification, forecasting and quantification
  • Procurement and management of pharmaceuticals, laboratory and medical supplies
  • Pharmaceutical QA/QC system development
  • HIV/AIDS, TB, malaria, vaccine supply management
  • Warehouse management, inventory control, distribution logistics
  • Performance monitoring and evaluation
  • Pharmaceutical procurement auditing
  • Training and coaching

Professional country experience

  • Asia: Cambodia, Fiji, India, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Oman, Pakistan, Philippines, Tajikistan, Thailand, Timor Leste, Viet Nam
  • Africa: Kenya, Malawi, Namibia, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Zanzibar, Zimbabwe
  • Europe: Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Kosovo, The Netherlands, Switzerland, Ukraine, United Kingdom