Healthguard Distribution – the fully-fledged pharmacy distribution arm of Sunshine Healthcare, recently partnered with Population Services Lanka as their exclusive distribution partner. The partnership sees Healthguard Distribution offering efficient last-mile delivery and stringent end-to-end quality management of products to Population Services Lanka, while expanding their reach to access customers all across the island.
“We are delighted to onboard Population Services Lanka and support them with their goal of expanding reach across the island. Our partnership is the collaboration of two experienced brands sharing the vision of providing Sri Lankans with only the highest quality healthcare products and services, whenever they require it and wherever they are located. To this end, our islandwide distribution network encompasses high end facilities which include temperature-controlled zones and cold chain management facilities, and management processes in place to ensure that all products are delivered to retail pharmacies in a regulatory compliant manner,” Sunshine Healthcare Lanka Managing Director Mr. Shyam Sathasivam commented.
Population Services Lanka is an internationally affiliated organization that has been importing sexual and reproductive health care products since 1984. The company’s portfolio consists of a range of items related to reproductive health such as condoms, emergency contraceptive pills, oral contraceptive pills and related injectables. These high-quality products are imported directly from manufacturers based in UK, Thailand, Malaysia, India and Nepal.
Leveraging on the strength of its diversified parent company, Healthguard Distribution is the first Distribution-as-a-Service (DaaS) pharmaceutical model to be rolled out by a Sri Lankan healthcare company. It serves as a regulatory-compliant island-wide distributor for all health and wellness products.
Currently, most pharmaceutical and healthcare product importers and manufacturers handle their distribution through individual third-party distributors who may not be consistently reliable due to external challenges. In such a context Sunshine Healthcare, set up Healthguard Distribution to cater to the needs of local pharma importers and manufacturers.
Healthguard Distribution is a fully-compliant distribution setup to meet the stringent requirements of relevant regulatory authorities and pharmaceutical manufacturers. These exceptionally maintained spaces are operated by teams of well-trained staff to deliver on the company’s promise of 24-hour service via a fleet of validated temperature-controlled distribution vehicles. Customers can also access real-time sales information and analytics via any device. The company is geared to ensure the uninterrupted distribution of pharmaceuticals even under adverse conditions such as the pandemic. They are equipped with generators to ensure 24/7 operating temperature-controlled spaces and mitigate the challenges caused by the prevailing power shortages.
Healthguard Distribution is a complete healthcare distribution company operating in Sri Lanka and is a fully owned subsidiary of Sunshine Holdings PLC. Leveraging on the strength of its parent company in the healthcare industry, Healthguard operates as a one-stop distributor of high-quality health and wellness products to all corners of the island. The company provides a service that would eliminate complexity and help pharmaceutical companies focus on their core competence, thus ensuring the prosperity of the industry as a whole. Healthguard Distribution remains firm in their commitment to supply high-quality pharmaceuticals to all citizens of our island nation, while also establishing ourselves as a one-stop solution for all local healthcare importers and manufacturers.
From left: Population Services Lanka General Manager Tharika Perera, Population Services Lanka Head of Finance Eraj Fernando, Healthguard Distribution Deputy General Manager – Operations Pathmakumara Warnakula, Shantha Bandara, Dimuthu Liyanage and Gihani Nanayakkara