SUNConferences, 29th Annual Conference of SAIIE

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A DECISION SUPPORT TOOL FOR QUANTIFYING THE RISK PROFILE OF SOUTH AFRICA’S PHARMACEUTICAL SUPPLY DISTRIBUTION NETWORK
Christian Wolfgang Nolting, Sara S. (Saartjie) Grobbelaar, Jan H. van Vuuren

Last modified: 2018-10-09

Abstract


South Africa is facing a serious burden of disease, which is exacerbated by a dysfunctional public health care system. Blind, general estimates are often made in respect of crucial pharmaceutical inventory variables. This results in slow-moving pharmaceutical drugs being overstocked and fast-moving drugs being understocked at outlets and distribution centres. Consequently, large wastages are incurred in terms of drugs being discarded in bulk after passing their expiration date. As a result, patients are deprived of essential medicines due to enduring stock-outs. This paper aims to present the conceptual design of a decision support tool, which aids decision makers in determining pharmaceutical inventory variables that align with key objectives and keep the best interest of patients in mind.


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