Sri Lankan patients to receive safer and more available medications with new DHL Life Sciences facility

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  • Temperature-controlled warehouse to improve availability of, and minimize damages to drug supplies in Sri Lanka’s hospitals and clinics
  • Facility will label, bundle, and distribute pharmaceutical goods in compliance with global Good Distribution Practice standards

DHL Global Forwarding, today launched the first-of-its-kind Life Sciences facility in Colombo designed to ensure world-class product safety and availability for Sri Lanka’s drug manufacturers and importers.

Opening of New DHL Life Sciences & Healthcare Facility in Sri Lanka. Image Courtesy : DHL
Opening of New DHL Life Sciences & Healthcare Facility in Sri Lanka. Image Courtesy : DHL

With automated temperature monitors covering its entire campus including a cool-room chilled to 2-8 °C, the new facility offers Sri Lankan pharmaceutical companies a highly controlled environment for medication storage and distribution, one that complies fully with global Good Distribution Practice standards for medicinal products.

“The new Life Sciences facility gives Sri Lankan pharma companies a chance to tackle product risk at every point of the storage and distribution process, while also dramatically improving the efficiency of how they prepare their products to go to market,” said Thomas Tieber, CEO, DHL Global Forwarding ASEAN and South Asia. “That means both local and overseas drug manufacturers can deliver higher product volumes in less time and with greater assurance of quality — a powerful value proposition for those seeking to establish themselves as suppliers of choice in Sri Lanka’s increasingly privatized healthcare market.”

“With this latest facility in Sri Lanka, we hope to provide the life sciences and healthcare sector with the top-tier infrastructure that they need to service the burgeoning domestic demand for pharmaceutical goods, and also establish them as leaders in drug safety and availability on the world stage.”

Alongside storage and domestic distribution, the Life Sciences facility also offers a range of value-added services including labelling, price-marking and bundling of pharmaceutical finished goods.

“Sri Lanka’s medical and pharmaceutical imports have skyrocketed in recent years to hit US$460m in 2015, yet hospitals and clinics still face persistent quality-control issues associated with unregulated temperature, inconsistent inventory, and delayed distribution of medications — all of which put patients’ lives at risk,” said Najeeb-ur Rahman, Country Manager, DHL Global Forwarding Sri Lanka. “As Sri Lanka’s healthcare sector faces the two-fold pressures of an ageing population and rising incidence of chronic diseases, both drug manufacturers and hospitals will need safe, reliable and efficient supply chain infrastructure to keep up with citizens’ needs.”

“The new Colombo Life Sciences facility aims to streamline the entire process so that all parties — from producer to patient — can have the utmost trust in the integrity of their medications, backed up by full adherence to the Good Distribution Practice standards that underpin the world’s best medical supply chains.”

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Manish graduated in Biomedical Sciences from University of Delhi, India and finished his doctorate from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore in RNA biology while working on molecular mechanisms of brain development in mice. Currently, he is working as a Research Fellow in Institute of Medical Biology, Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) with the Translational Control in Development and Disease group. His research areas include developing molecular therapies against glioblastomas and breast cancers as well as investigating mechanisms involved in muscular dystrophies. He is a music lover and loves playing the sitar. An ardent follower of Manchester United and Formula One, he likes to spend his time reading, watching movies and cooking.