UPD is South Africa’s leading full-range pharmaceutical wholesaler and was acquired in 2003 to provide the distribution capability for the group’s healthcare strategy.

UPD business review
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UPD fulfils the pharmaceutical supply needs of Clicks, major private hospital groups and over 1 100 independent pharmacies. UPD also provides bulk distribution services to pharmaceutical manufacturers.

UPD owns distribution centres located in Gauteng (Roodepoort), Cape Town, Durban, Bloemfontein and Port Elizabeth. All the distribution centres are ISO9001:2015 certified. Owing to the increasing scale and size of the third-party distribution business, additional distribution warehouse facilities are rented in Gauteng and Cape Town.


Distribution hubs



Bulk distribution clients


R32.1 billion

Total managed turnover


491 million

Units of medicine distributed