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edited by AIFA’s Office of Osmed and HTA

Glossary

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WHOLESALE
All activities consisting of procuring, holding, supplying or exporting medicinal products, apart from supplying medicinal products to the public. Such activities are carried out with manufacturers or their depositories, importers, other wholesale distributors or with pharmacists and persons authorised or entitled to supply medicinal products to the public in the Member State concerned. Wholesalers have a “public service obligation”: the obligation to guarantee permanently an adequate range of medicinal products to meet the requirements of a specific geographical area and to deliver the supplies requested within a very short time over the whole of the area in question. [Source: Directive 2001/83/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 6 November 2001 on the Community code relating to medicinal products for human use] Full-liner: The activity of pharmaceutical full-line wholesaling consists of the purchase and sale, warehousing, order preparation and delivery / distribution of the full assortment of medicines (in range and depth) on a defined market) Short-liner: The activity of pharmaceutical short-line wholesaling consists of the delivery and distribution of a selected assortments of medicines on a defined market. [Source: adapted from GIRP website]
WHOLESALE OUTLET
Logistics facility of wholesale companies
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