This article discusses the Medical Store at central-level stores and at regional district-level stores that are independent at health facilities. This supply model represents the tradition top-down system that is operated by governmental or parastatal entity or a nongovernmental organization; however, a number of countries have now decentralized many of their pharmaceutical sector operations, including stores management.
In addition, many supply systems contract out certain operations to private-sector companies. Managing requires skills such as defining and monitoring performance indicators and negotiating payment and service terms. The primary purpose of a central supply store is to receive, hold, and dispatch stock.