Using Information Technology in Pharmaceutical Supply Chain Management by Decision-Making Trial and Evaluation

Document Type : Research Paper


1 Department of Health Service Management, Baqiyatallah University of Medical Sciences , Health Management Research Center, Tehran, Iran.

2 Faculty of Information Technology Management, Alzalra Research Institute, Isfahan University of Medical Sciences, Isfahan, Iran

3 School of Pharmacy, Baqiyatallah University of Medical Sciences and Pharmaceutical Management and Economic Research Center, Tehran, Iran


Background and Objective: Use of information technology in Pharmaceutical supply chain management provides improved visibility and accountability.The aim of this study is evaluating the approaches of using IT in the pharmaceutical Supply Chain Management by Decision-Making Trial and Evaluation.
Method:In this mixed study, the Information Technology experts and executives were included in the FDA,the MOHME in a way that10of them would complete the paired comparison questionnaire purposefully.four main criteria of Information Technology were identified and30features were categorized as sub-criteria.The selected factors were considered as the effective factors of using the Information Technology in fewer than four strategies in the pharmaceutical supply chain.Finally,the effectiveness of any strategy was determined according to criteria using the Decision-Making Trial and Evaluation.
Results: According to the obtained results during the trial and evaluation,the mechanism criteria had the most effect and structure was found to have the greatest influence on other criteria among the four determined criteria.
Conclusion: the strategy to achieve agility in the pharmaceutical supply chain has received the most effect and assessing the pharmaceutical supply chain was found to have the greatest influence on other criteria.Since there are many effective factors in choosing the right strategy for using the Information Technology systems,determining the influence value of each factor can be a sensitive step for the decision-makers.Also,it can add to the favourable effect of the pharmaceutical supply chain.