Poised to resolve bottlenecks around drug supply chain in the country, Altasell has introduced a Mobile Application to facilitate smooth relationship between pharmaceutical manufacturers and community pharmacists.
The App, according to the firm is also to assist pharmaceutical regulators in sanitizing the industry and ridding the nation of fake drugs, while monitoring movement of controlled medicines from the manufacturers to the dispensers.
Introducing Altasell to retail pharmacists at the just concluded 40th Annual National Scientific Conference of ACPN, in Abeokuta, Babatunde Aderenle, founder, Altasell, said it is a platform that links upstream and downstream players in the pharmaceutical sector. It manages the movement of medicines and allied products from the manufacturers point to the retailers point.
He noted that they are more interested in solving the challenges of drug distribution in the country, which have been bedeviling the industry for several years without lasting solution. “We are looking at a bigger picture of partnering government regulators like the Pharmacists Council of Nigeria (PCN) and probably NAFDAC, for visibility along drug supply chain”.
Aderele further explained that the application is only for pharmacists, as it is for the ordering and monitoring of both ethical drugs and over the counter medicines.
On her part, the Project Manager, Nonye Maduakor, gave more insights about the web application, describing it as an app that bridges the gap in the pharmaceutical supply chain, as it connects distributors directly to the retailers, while it gives retailers control of the quantity they can order, to enable them have enough working capital for their businesses.
According to her: “Instead of ordering in bulk, retailers can just order quantity to sell for a particular time and revolve their capital more effectively. It has the salesman part and the retailers’ part, which is the community pharmacist. It also has the manufacturers/distributors part. These three are connected together on the App for easy accessible to genuine pharmaceutical products.
“Altasell connects pharmacists to the manufacturers directly and they get the best prices for their purchases. You are sure of the authenticity of your products because it’s coming directly from the manufacturers. It also allows you place your order and get it at the right time”.