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Surgical dressing, medical devices and pharmaceutical active ingredients(API)/Bulk drug distribution business also cover under this licence
CnF also require same licenses and requirements. Meaning and Full form of CnF in pharma is Pharmaceutical Carrying and forwarding agent. Appointing CnF is not popular now a day’s among pharmaceutical companies, companies prefer to appoint distributors directly.
Every business is conducted through a distribution channel, same in case of pharmaceutical Industry. A Pharmaceutical Distribution Channel composes of pharmaceutical company, carrying and forwarding agent, stockiest/wholesaler/distributor/agency, retailer and customer (against prescription). A distribution chain’s basic motive is to maintain product/service delivery timely and continually to its end user i.e. customer.
In Pharmaceutical industry, patient and/or its care taker is end user who will demand for a medicine and drug to pharmacy against prescription of registered medical practitioner. Pharmacy/Chemist/Retail will demand for medicines to its distributor. A distributor will get medicines from its wholesaler/stockiest. Stockiest will purchase medicine from CNF and CNF get stock from pharmaceutical Company. In this way a distribution channel works in pharmaceutical sector.
Wholesaler/Stockiest/Distributor/agency is an important part of distribution channel. A wholesaler, stockiest and distributor may be same and/or different at same time. There is no major difference between them. Licenses and documents for becoming wholesale, stockiest and distributor are same. Very minor line separates theses from each other depend at their method of work.