United Pharmaceutical Distributors

Our Company

UPD is South Africa’s leading full-line pharmaceutical wholesaler and supplies retail pharmacies, private hospitals, dispensing doctors and retail health stores. The business provides the distribution capability for the group’s integrated channel to the healthcare market.

  • UPD has been involved in the healthcare market for over 40 years.
  • UPD has a national presence with 5 strategically located distribution centres.
  • UPD warehouses and sells in excess of 14,000 pharmaceutical, surgical and frontshop items.
  • Dedicated to service delivery.
  • Managed and verified to international quality standards for supply chain management.
  • Preferred supplier to retail pharmacy network and other key healthcare channels.
  • Delivers to the total healthcare universe including doctors, independent pharmacies, wholesalers, hospitals and clinics, veterinary facilities, health shops and homeopaths, public sector healthcare facilities & also export customers.


Some fast facts about UPD.

  1. UPD currently manages in excess of 47 000 active pallet positions (excluding the automated picking machines in its Lea Glen facility).
  2. UPD currently employs 1100 full and part time employees
  3. UPD travels in excess of 21 500km per day to service its customer base
  4. UPD delivers no less than 17 drops per delivery
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