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SA company licensed to import APIs for local manufacturers

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MULTICHEM Sourcing, a specialist chemical sourcing company, has leveraged its over 30 years of experience and long-standing industry relationships to become one of only two South African enterprises currently licensed by SAHPRA to import, store and distribute Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients (APIs).

While the requirement for a SAHPRA licence was gazetted in 2017, enforcement only began in 2021. Multichem Sourcing is extremely proud to have been a pioneer in this new realm of licensing. In addition to holding the requisite SAHPRA licence, Multichem is also registered as a pharmacy by the South African Pharmaceutical Association.

Following SAHPRA certification, Multichem Sourcing has fully embraced all aspects of the approved workflow including implementing a formalised Good Manufacturing Process (GMP) supplier verification procedure, as well as following Good Distribution Practice (GDP) guidelines. This in turn enables the company to warrant supply chain integrity, including managing environmental factors and eliminating counterfeiting risks, ensuring that all their APIs are of the highest quality.

Partnering with Multichem Sourcing offers multiple proven advantages for pharmaceutical companies and compounding pharmacies, including confidence in the chain of custody, consistent quality, time savings achieved through outsourcing the procurement process, and fully transparent track and trace functionality. The integrity, quality and quantity of all ingredients sourced by Multichem is warranted for complete peace of mind. Multichem is well versed in the complexities of the pharmaceutical registration process and can assist customers with navigating this multifaceted maze by supplying not just the product itself, but an entire end-to-end product solution.

“Quality and cost are critical for us,” commented Hannes Malan from Chemical Process Technologies, a manufacturer of fine chemicals including APIs. “Our success as a fine chemical manufacturer in Africa depends on having the correct quality starting materials at competitive prices. It is essential that we have a sourcing partner such as Multichem to achieve both these objectives,” he said.

Multichem works exclusively with verified suppliers to ensure quality control, and in many cases, has worked with the same suppliers from long before the SAHPRA regulations were first posted. The company’s broad network of suppliers is each customer’s best assurance of the availability and quality of the APIs they require. Multichem also offers the flexibility that comes with being able to order any quantity, no matter how specific.

With a customer-centric approach, Multichem focuses firmly on meeting the required specifications from its customers, however stringent or exacting they might be. The company’s full recourse guarantee offers an additional layer of reassurance.

“Having chosen Multichem as our sourcing partner, we’ve never looked back,” commented Quintin Verloop of Lycoderm Compounding Pharmacy. “They share our absolute commitment to quality and safety, and their extremely flexible approach means that we can custom prepare medication to suit every patient’s need,” he added.

“While Multichem is a forward-looking company, we are proud to continue to build on the legacy created by our late founder, Les Williamson,” explained Multichem Sourcing managing director, Natalie Gerhardt. “Les was an incredible visionary and mentor, and we are committed to deepening our understanding of our customers’ challenges when it comes to supplier identification and onboarding as we honour his memory,” she concluded.

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