Solve Pharmaceutical Supply Chain Issues Across Africa by Building Custom Medicine Delivery App

Quick Summary: In this blog, we will discuss the business opportunity of the medicine delivery app in Africa, especially in Nigeria. We will give you some real reasons (problems it solves) that why an online pharmacy is most likely to attract investors in African countries. Before wrapping up, we will help you decide between a web app and a mobile app and at last, we will discuss the cost of building an online pharmacy app in Africa. And yes, there is African funding news as well – for your motivation!

The African healthcare ecosystem is in the transformation phase.

Thanks to higher access to mobile devices and comparably cheaper internet plans, the healthcare mobile app market is booming in Africa.

And seeing a good number of business possibilities, investors from around the globe are investing hugely in African healthcare startups.

As a result, things are changing in the African healthcare space pretty fast, but while not leaving behind a single African – even who is living in a remote place.

And here lies the opportunities for new healthcare startups – especially in the pharmacy market where there are still several challenges and room for good business.

Nigerian medicine delivery app DrugStoc recently raised $4.4 million

As per the official report and news published in TechCrunch, the Nigeria-based pharmacy delivery startup called DrugStoc recently raised $4.4 million in its series A funding round.

DrugStoc aims to modernize the fragmented pharmaceutical industry that faces sourcing and distribution challenges in addition to quality concerns.

The startup leverages a mobile app to enable pharmacies and practices to order medicine and track orders online.

Here it is worth mentioning that DrugStoc only accepts wholesale orders. Thus, it is safe to say that it follows a B2B model.

DrugStoc App:

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DrugStoc offers a very feature-rich app to its customers for completing tasks in a very easy and well-organized manner.

Following are its top features.

  • Search thousands of medicines and medical devices
  • View medicine information
  • Submit wholesale order and get it delivered within 24 hours
  • Reorder with a single click
  • Track current, past and pending orders
  • Live chat with the customer service team

Types/models of medicine delivery apps you can build in Nigeria to solve age-old challenges

If you’re planning to build a medicine delivery app in Nigeria or anywhere in Africa, you have several options based on your goals.

1) B2B medicine delivery app

Under the B2B model, you as a pharmacy business only allow other healthcare businesses (clinics, hospitals, individual healthcare providers) to submit medicine orders in bulk.

Challenges it solves:

  • Clinics, hospitals and individual providers do not need to collaborate and deal with each medicine manufacturer or supplier to receive bulk orders. Healthcare providers can now receive the entire order from a single supplier. Meaning, there is no need for them to manage several different deliveries from several different suppliers.
  • You offer them convenience and transparency. Using your online platform, they are able to place orders as per their preference without having to negotiate and talk to anyone. Prior to placing orders, they can read every detail of medicine and (if you support) they can even compare the same medicine of different manufacturers.

2) D2C medicine delivery app

Under the D2C model, you facilitate real patients to order medicine using your platform. Unlike the B2B model, there is no minimum order requirement in the D2C model. The best part of the D2C model is that you have a very large number of potential customers.

Challenges it solves:

  • Users/patients now have the ultimate flexibility to order medicine from mobile phones and most importantly, without leaving their homes.
  • Users/patients now don’t have to wait in the queue and travel to the pharmacy.
  • Users/patients can now manage their entire medication plan from the mobile phone itself. Earlier, users had to keep track of their prescriptions manually and on paper.

Confused between developing a medicine delivery web app and a mobile app? This will help you

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Why must you add telemedicine features to your pharmacy app in Nigeria?

There is a most basic clinical lifecycle (appointment booking, medical consultation, prescription & follow-up), a patient has to follow to receive quality care.

And every stage of this clinical lifecycle depends on its previous stage.

For example, you can’t receive a prescription without medical consultation.

Thus, why don’t you merge these two most important stages of a patient’s clinical lifecycle?

With this, you will be able to allow patients to receive medical consultations and prescriptions from the same platform.

As an upshot, you will end up generating one more revenue stream which will result in a larger customer base and more revenue.

Several North American online pharmacies follow this strategy. One best example of online pharmacy following this business strategy is PocketPills.

The whole idea here is to build a healthcare super app that offers multiple clinical services from a single platform.

The following are the top features around telemedicine you can consider adding to your pharmacy app.

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How much does it cost to build a medicine delivery app in Africa?

Well, to estimate the cost, we need to figure out the type of app you would like to build. (Please note there are several other factors as well that influence the cost, but the major one is the type of app!)

If MVP mobile app:

This will cost you very affordable as, under the MVP approach, your hired tech company builds an app with only basic and useful features and gradually add more features after collecting initial user feedback.

This is the best choice for you if you have a limited budget and want to invest more only after validating the market and your app idea.

If full-fledged app:

This will cost you a little more than the MVP app as a full-fledged app is an app with all common, useful, advanced and good-to-have features.

The major benefit of launching a full-fledged mobile app in the market is gaining a competitive edge instantly as your app can easily compete with already existing players.

If native app:

A native app requires a dedicated codebase for the Apple and Android ecosystem. Meaning, developers need to write code separately for Play Store and App Store.

This results in increased development time. And with increasing development time, development cost also increases as developers charge on an hourly basis.

If cross-platform app:

A cross-platform app can easily run on both Android and Apple ecosystems with a single codebase. Meaning, developers have to write code for a single time.

Thus, the development time automatically decreases, along with the development cost.

If progressive web app (PWA):

A progressive web app looks and works like a mobile app but one can only access it from any modern web browser.

It supports all features like mobile apps and has speed and security at the grade of mobile apps.

The cost to develop a PWA is almost 30 to 40% less than the mobile app development cost.

We’re a Canadian healthcare IT company, aiming to make African healthcare equivalent to Canadian healthcare

We’re an Ontario-based healthcare-specific IT company.

For 7+ years, we have been working with North American healthcare providers and startups to empower them with healthcare mobile apps, software and web apps.

But since the pandemic, we have also been working with several African healthcare providers and startups to address their requirements with Canadian quality of work and American standards of innovation!

And most importantly, our pricing is startup-friendly. We in fact always put efforts to deliver you healthcare web/mobile solutions at the most aggressive price ever.

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