For over 10 years I have been involved in a small charity which provides medical services (including medicines) in a few rural villages in eastern Europe (non-EU). We use a few locally obtained medicines, but due to quality and availability issues we obtain the majority of the medicines in the UK and then ship these out to the villages.
Initially, we obtained these medicines from International Health Partners, but they changed their policy a few years ago so that they only provide ready-made doctors' boxes more suitable for emergency health work than primary care in eastern Europe.
Hospital pharmacies were another source which has now been effectively closed (except for very small quantities), since it appears pharmacists and hospital trusts are worried about wholesale dealing and/or reputation risks.
We are now left with one friendly wholesaler who supplies us at cost price. However, even their bureaucracy is forcing us to first route the medicines through a retail pharmacy. Having up to 5000 cartons being even temporarily stored in a small pharmacy is not practical and thus we are now faced with a dilemma going forward.
Has anyone any suggestions or know of any helpful wholesalers or pharmacies/pharmacists who could help with sourcing and/or ironing out the above logistical issues?
David Darling MRPharmS