Cross-cutting | Student Poster | 2017
USING MOBILE PHARMACIES TO REDUCE INEQUITY IN PHARMACEUTICAL SUPPLY CHAINS IN LOW-RESOURCE SETTINGS
Biplab Bhattacharya, Li Lin, Rajan Batta and Pavani Ram
Figure 1. SSI development
- Drug shops and pharmacies in low-resource settings are often limited by availability of cash on hand to restock supplies.
- Supply chain research have over time focused on medical drug distribution from an equality perspective or from an objective of maximizing profits or minimizing costs.
- However, the needs of medical drug supplies are more complex then what can be addressed by an equal distribution approach. There are no known approaches that have been created to assess and address inequities in the community needs.
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A drug stock-out is defined as an event that a drug-outlet or group of outlets of any type (drug shop/pharmacy/clinic), which is licensed or unlicensed, which serve(s) a specific community, are out of stock of a drug that is in demand in that community.