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E-DRUG: MSH Launches Pharmaceutical GPO in Kenya
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Dear e-drug members,

Management Sciences for Health (MSH) has exciting news! MSH has launched 
MedSource, a private commercial group purchasing organization (GPO) based in 
Kenya. 

The launch is part of MSH's new global initiative that aims to improve health 
ecosystems by making quality medicines more affordable.MedSource is a 
for-profit GPO aimed at improving accessibility and availability of affordable, 
quality medications and lab and health supplies. 

These services will benefit both health care providers
and the population at large while strengthening the capacity of its members
to improve management of their businesses. It is a wholly owned subsidiary
of MSH. 

The new venture comes from the insight that patients in emerging
markets expect, demand, and deserve more and better options for health
care. These patients rely on a complex web of public, private, and
faith-based providers and are increasingly empowered to seek out the best
care available. 

MSH recognizes the immense opportunity created by these
trends, and MedSource will work to fill the gaps in availability and
affordability of life-saving medicines.

A GPO such as MedSource helps its members' pharmacies, hospitals, clinical 
laboratories, and other health care providers realize savings and efficiencies 
by aggregating purchasing volume and using that leverage to negotiate discounts 
with manufacturers,distributors, and other vendors. The company will work with 
distributors and members to ensure the availability of quality products and 
will also
facilitate or provide specialized training in pharmacy management, business
management, and other related areas. MedSource plans to expand into other
countries.

Its new CEO is Dr. Peter Kamunyo, who has said, 
'Working with private-sector health providers and pharmacies is really going to 
help us reach the majority of people.'Our strategy in Kenya evolved after two
years of dialogue with multinational drug manufacturers; distributors;
dispensers; associations representing pharmacies, hospitals, and doctors;
and the country's Ministry of Health and pharmacy regulators.  Douglas
Keene, MSH's Vice President for the Pharmaceuticals and Health Technologies
Group, said in a press release. 'MSH's deep knowledge of pharmaceutical
systems and our significant experience and network in Kenya made this
possible.'

For more information, visit: 
http://www.medsource-group.com/

Timothe Chevaux
Communications Associate
Pharmaceuticals & Health Technologies
Management Sciences for Health
US-VA-Arlington-All United States
E-mail: tchevaux@msh.org
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