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|Title: ||Anexamination of pharmaceutical supply chain for artemisinin-based combination therapies in Ghana|
|Authors: ||Asamoah, David|
Supply chain management
|Issue Date: ||2011|
|Publisher: ||Management Research Review|
|Citation: ||David Asamoah, Patience Abor, Martin Opare, (2011) "An examination of pharmaceutical supply chain for artemisinin‐based combination therapies in Ghana", Management Research Review, Vol. 34 Issue: 7, pp.790-809, https://doi.org/10.1108/01409171111146689|
|Abstract: ||Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to examine the pharmaceutical supply chain for
artemisinin-based combination therapies (ACT) in Ghana.
Design/methodology/approach – This study employed an inductive approach in examining the
dynamics of the pharmaceutical supply chain. The study also used analytical hierarchical process in
identifying factors that are detrimental to the ACT supply chain.
Findings – The study revealed that there are basically two main supply channels through which ACT
enters the Ghanaian pharmaceutical system – private and public. The ACT network depicts a strong
evidence of actor interdependence and long-term relationships. However, the key supply chain enabler – the
use of information technology – was found to be lacking, leading to delays and disruptions in the supply
chain system. Disruption was found to be the main detrimental factor to the supply chain although delay
was found to be occurring more frequently.Price increases indicated a low effect on the supply network at the
pharmacy level, but the general price of the highly subsidised effective ACT (Coartem) remains very high.
Research limitations/implications – Owing to constraints in accessibility, it was challenging to
contact all the actors in the network individually, especially the consumer. Drugs considered in the
study were the WHO approved ACT, even though efforts were made to compile available anti-malarial
drugs on the market.
Practical implications – This study has provided insights into the supply chain for ACT.
The findings of the study are relevant in improving the supply chain system.
Originality/value – The paper brings to the fore the need for a proper pharmaceutical supply chain
management in the health sector with regards to one of the world’s most infectious and deadly
diseases – malaria.|
|Description: ||An article published in Management Research Review, Vol. 34 Issue: 7, pp.790-809, https://doi.org/10.1108/01409171111146689|
|Appears in Collections:||College of Arts and Social Sciences|
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