786 Pharmacies Chain
Country of Operation
Target income level
- Bottom 20%
- Lower-middle income (20-40%)
- Middle-income (40-60%)
- Higher middle-income (60-80%)
- High-income (80-100%)
- Pharmacy services
Summary786 Pharmacy Chain was created to fight the sales of counterfeit medicines in Afghanistan. 786 is the first pharmacy chain in the country and works with policy makers to deconstruct restrictive laws that have prevented the creation of pharmacy chains previously.
786 Pharmacies was created to provide quality, non-counterfeit drugs to consumers. The program aims to increase accessibility to drugs by dismantling restrictive policies that have prevented the establishment of pharmaceutical chains. Due to greater purchasing power pharmaceutical chains can provide more competitive pricing for drugs and can more reliably ensure the validity of their products.
Key program components
Afghanistan has a number of restrictive policies that have prevented the development of pharmacy chains. Previously, regulations prevented pharmacies being sited within 200 meters of an existing pharmacy outlet. This meant that pharmacies could claim prime sites and prevent competitors from opening near by. 786 Pharmacies has successfully lobbied for the removal of this anti-competitive restriction on locations.
A second major barrier has been the requirement that licenses allowed only the establishment of one pharmacy per person, and never with the same name as an already registered pharmacy. This regulation prevents the establishment of a branded chin where separate pharmacies have the same name. 786 Pharmacies has overcome this restriction by naming each branch 786 Unit 1, Unit 2, etc, each of which is registered under the name of a different family member of the creator of 786 pharmacies. This has provided only a temporary solution, and the creator of 786 seeks to overturn this regulation.
786 is combating the major issue of ineffective and sometimes dangerous counterfeit medicines on the Afghan market by allowing customers to SMS verification medicines in the store against a central database. Customers receive an automated reply to confirm that the medicine is genuine. The shops also feature an electronic automated system that tracks the products batch number and expiry date, which is printed on the product at the time of sale to ensure customers know when the product is no longer usable.