A division of New Clicks South Africa (Pty) Ltd, United Pharmaceutical Distributors (UPD) the only national full line wholesaler in the industry has played a lead (and often defining) role as a healthcare wholesaler and distributor for over 40 years.

UPD is a preferred supplier to the Clicks retail store network, Clicks Direct Medicines and South Africa’s top private hospital groups. Other key client groups include: independent pharmacies, public sector healthcare facilities, doctors, wholesalers, clinics, health shops, homeopaths and
veterinary facilities.

UPD is also the owner of the Link brand.

Some fast facts about UPD <read more>

Business Units

United Pharmaceutical Distributors Catering for the specialised needs of manufacturers, offers a full order to cash service for branded and generic pharmaceuticals to wholesalers, government institutions and key end dispenser institutions.


United Pharmaceutical Distributors UPD services over 200 customers in Sub-Saharan Africa, spanning throughout the SADC region.


United Pharmaceutical Distributors With its significant market share, UPD is South Africa’s pre-eminent pharmaceutical, medical and healthcare wholesaler in the private market.

Latest News
  • Hot on the heels of Port Elizabeth’s new distribution centre, UPD’s Leon Steyn brings us news ...

  • Distribution Executive JC Preller talks about UPD’s impressive new fleet and the importance of...

  • UPD HR in conjunction with Vikash Singh, our Managing Director, presented the following SETA Certifi...

  • Two years ago, Link defined a brand strategy to support a vision of becoming the most admired, indep...

United Pharmaceutical Distributors


The Group’s Employer Value Proposition focuses on people, passion and opportunities. To this end, a total rewards strategy was deployed for every permanent employee across the business in a bid to encourage better work/life balance for employees…

United Pharmaceutical Distributors


Due to the increased focus on sustainability, the Group was included in several researches done by independent companies. The company has accomplished a superior score in the Carbon Disclosure Project results, moving from a B to an A- performance band…

United Pharmaceutical Distributors


UPD is committed to the spirit of the Broad-based Black Economic Empowerment (BBBEE) Act. Our transformation strategy is aligned to the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) codes of good practice. Transformation is managed within…