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If access is the symptom, what is the cause? Comparing medicine and consumer product supply chains in the developing world

Author: Yadav, Prashant ; Stapleton, Orla ; Van Wassenhove, Luk N.INSEAD Area: Technology and Operations Management Series: Working Paper ; 2010/54/TOM/ISIC Publisher: Fontainebleau : INSEAD Social Innovation Centre (ISIC) 2010.Language: EnglishDescription: 13 p.Type of document: INSEAD Working Paper Online Access: Click here Abstract: The World Health Organization estimates that almost a third of the world's population still lacks access to essential medicines. The distribution network for medicines is ineffective and inefficient in many developing countries. Discussions often centre on why the supply chain for non-alcoholic beverages (soft drinks) is not replicated by that for medicines. There is little understanding of the similarities and differences between the two supply chains. This article compares these two supply chains in developing countries from a structural and incentive perspective. It illustrates the complexity of medicine supply chains, and highlights the important differences between these and soft drink supply chains. In doing so, it identifies areas that negatively impact on patient access to medicine. Next title: Always Cola, rarely essential medicines: comparing medicine and consumer product supply chains in the developing world (RV of 2010/54/TOM/ISIC)
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The World Health Organization estimates that almost a third of the world's population still lacks access to essential medicines. The distribution network for medicines is ineffective and inefficient in many developing countries. Discussions often centre on why the supply chain for non-alcoholic beverages (soft drinks) is not replicated by that for medicines. There is little understanding of the similarities and differences between the two supply chains. This article compares these two supply chains in developing countries from a structural and incentive perspective. It illustrates the complexity of medicine supply chains, and highlights the important differences between these and soft drink supply chains. In doing so, it identifies areas that negatively impact on patient access to medicine.

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