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Giving Kenyans A Brand They Can Trust – Pharmnet® from Kenya Pharmaceutical Association
April 12th, 2016
Pharmacies are the first point of contact for the majority of Kenyans seeking healthcare. But with only a third of pharmacies licensed with the Pharmacy and Poisons Board (PPB), consumers cannot be confident in the quality, authenticity and value of the medicines they purchase.
The Kenya Pharmaceutical Association (KPA) had a vision to address this through establishing a network of quality-assured pharmacies. But lacked the capacity for implementation.
PSP4H, with funding from UKaid, provided technical assistance to KPA to launch PHARMNET in August 2015. To date there are over 250 Pharmnet retail outlets and the aim is to have over 1,000 by 2017, impacting at least nine million consumers annually who will receive better access to quality-assured, affordably priced pharmaceutical products and healthcare advice.
Members pay a branding fee of 5,000/= to have their shop front painted with the distinct blue and white PHARMNET colours. This has created a brand that consumers can trust and can now clearly identify where to access affordable, quality-assured medicines and healthcare.
PHARMNET members received business skills training, lessons on how to improve community pharmacy practice and benefited from a pooled procurement model which enables access to quality drugs at a lower price.
“Not only has the number of customers increased but also their willingness to pay and be advised on medicines” explained Mr Ronald Nyariki, a Pharmaceutical Technologist at LannyPharm located in Kahawa West. “People now trust us and have confidence in our services. We also have happy customers as I can offer them competitive prices.”
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