OUR 3 MAIN DIVISIONS
We started pharmaceutical manufacturing in the year 2001in the Heavy Industrial Area of Tema, on a plot size of about 3.2 Acres. A second dedicated facility has been added on, for the manufacture of beta-lactam products. A third site (A modern Oral Solid Dosage Facility) is being developed and it is expected to meet current GMP standards in design and operation.
The company has about 150 drug products on its product list and these include many of the drugs considered essential for healthcare delivery in Ghana and the West African sub region.
Our range of products covers pharmacological groupings such as:
Analgesics and antipyretics
Anti – diabetics
Anti – hypertensives
Vitamins and mineral
Dosage forms manufactured include Tablets (coated and uncoated), Capsules, Liquid Orals, Powders in sachet, Dry Suspensions, Antiseptics/Disinfectants. The manufacturing sub-unit also undertakes contract manufacturing activities for some multi –national pharmaceutical companies such as GSK.
Ernest Chemists Ltd continues its drive into the sub regional markets with significant volumes of exports going into countries such Senegal, Cote D’Ivoire, Liberia, Niger, Mali, Sierra Leone
The manufacturing division currently has a staff strength of a little over 300. We consider manpower resource as a key success factor and every effort is made to recruit, train and retain qualified personnel to manage and execute manufacturing activities. Our key personnel are drawn from disciplines such as pharmacy, chemistry, biochemistry, biological sciences and engineering.
To achieve our vision of becoming one of the top ten indigenous pharmaceutical manufacturers in Africa by year 2020 we place our highest premium on product quality which we believe can be delivered through a well-trained, skillful, well-motivated and resourced workforce.
We are the largest pharmaceutical trading and distribution firm in Ghana with an extensive network of distribution channels nationwide and beyond in Accra, Kumasi, Takoradi, Koforidua, Ho, Sunyani, Tamale, Freetown (Sierra Leone),
Our pharmacies and wholesale shops are managed by qualified and experienced pharmacists and medical assistants.
Additionally, our fleet of over 91 trucks, vans and cars ensure that our products reach every corner of the country and beyond. This important function, is performed by a strong team of Medical and Sales Representatives.
Our distribution channels are managed by our centralised warehouse at Adabraka and Spintex in Accra and at the TUC by pass in Kumasi. We adopt a multi-faceted approach in the distribution of our products with the goal of cutting down lead-time in reaching customers/consumers.
We use prequalified independent pharmaceutical distributors, retail pharmacies and chemical sellers to augment our warehouses, wholesales and pharmacies in reaching the customer/consumer. Government medical stores, hospitals, clinics and private health facilities are key partners to our business.
Our expansion programme is on course with the view to adding new wholesales and pharmacies to the network. Our objective is to get closer to the customer, thereby reduce the cost of doing business with us.
In line with the company's vision to be counted among the top ten indigenous African pharmaceutical companies, Ernest Chemists Ltd has undertaken several business trips to some African countries. Additionally, we have also participated in international trade exhibitions in a number of African countries. With the results achieved so far, we are confident that ECL is poised to increase its reach and corporate profile within West Africa and beyond.
Sierra Leone- we opened our first foreign subsidiary in Freetown, Nest Pharma Limited, the capital of Sierra Leone in September 2010. This investment is showing promises.
Nigeria- Ernest Chemists is gaining a foot-hold in the Nigerian market and has completed the registration of some of its brands in the country.
Senegal and Cote D’ivoire- we participates in the international tendering programmes of these two countries.
There are plans to enter other Africa countries in the near future. In fact we derive fulfilment from our growing capacity to bring quality and affordable medicines to other African countries.