Pharmaceutical Supply Chains


I was drawn to pharmaceutical supply chain management because it involved working through complex analysis to ensure medicines reach in time to the people who need them. But the human side of supply chain management—first hand stories of families and mothers in developing countries whose children did not receive effective medicines for their illness—soon won my heart over anything else. I have since begun to work primarily with the quest to improve pharmaceutical, vaccine and health technology supply chains in low income countries.

Prashant Yadav

Researcher, Educator and Strategic Advisor in Global Supply Chain Management


Prashant Yadav is a Senior Fellow at the William Davidson Institute (WDI) at the University of Michigan and Director of the Health Care Research Initiative at WDI.  Yadav is also on the faculty at the Ross School of Business and the School of Public Health at the University of Michigan.

Yadav is considered a leading expert on pharmaceutical and healthcare supply chains in developing countries. He is the author of many peer reviewed scientific publications and his work has been featured in prominent print and broadcast media including The Economist, The Financial Times, Nature and BBC. His research explores the functioning of health care supply chains using a combination of empirical, analytical and qualitative approaches. He serves as an advisor in the area of healthcare supply chains to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, World Bank, World Health Organization, UK Department for International Development, and many other global health organizations. He is as an advisory board member of several public private partnerships and social enterprises focused on global health.

Prior to coming to the William Davidson Institute at the University of Michigan, Yadav was a Professor of Supply Chain Management at the MIT-Zaragoza International Logistics Program and a Research Affiliate at the MIT Center for Transportation and Logistics where he led the creation of a high impact research initiative focused on pharmaceutical supply chains in developing countries. Since 2008 Yadav is also a visiting scholar at the INSEAD Social Innovation Center.

Dr. Yadav received his Ph.D. from the Manderson Graduate School of Business at the University of Alabama. He received his MBA from the FORE School of Management and his Bachelor of Chemical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology.


Representative Peer-Reviewed Publications (Full list of research and publications)

  • P. Yadav, O. Stapleton, and L. N. Van Wassenhove. Learning from Coca-Cola Comparing Medicine and Consumer Product Supply Chains in the Developing World, Stanford Social Innovation Review. Nov 2012
  • S Abdulla, et al. A research agenda for malaria eradication: vaccines.PLoSMedicine 8 (1), e1000398-e1000398
  • L Arney, P Yadav, R Miller, T Wilkerson. Strategic contracting practices to improve procurement of health commodities. Global Health: Science and Practice, 2014. ghs1400068
  • P. Yadav, J. L Cohen, S. Alphs, J.Arkedis, P.S. Larson, J. Massaga, O. Sabot. Trends in availability and prices of subsidized ACTs over the first year of the AMFm: evidence from remote regions of Tanzania. Malaria Journal 2012, 11:299
  • S. Kraiselburd and P. Yadav, Supply chains and global health: An imperative for bringing operations management scholarship into action, Production and Operations Management. 2012.
  • PS Larson, P Yadav, S Alphs, J Arkedis, J Massaga, O Sabot, JL Cohen. Diffusion of subsidized ACTs in accredited drug shops in Tanzania: determinants of stocking and characteristics of early and late adopters. BMC Health Services Research 13 (1), 526
  • Michel Zaffran, Jos Vandelaer, Debra Kristensen, BjørnMelgaard, Prashant Yadav, KO Antwi-Agyei, Heidi Lasher. The imperative for stronger vaccine supply and logistics systems. Vaccine. 31. B 73-B80. 2013
  • Improving Global Public Health through Operations Research, Chapter in Encyclopedia of Operations Research and Management Science, Wiley & Co, NJ , 2010
  • Smith Lisa, Prashant Yadav. Improving Access to Medicines for Noncommunicable Diseases through Better Supply Chains. 2013. Pages 53-81. JHU Press
  • Levine, Ruth, J. Pickett, N. SekhriFeachem and P. Yadav. “Demand Forecasting for Essential Medical Technologies.” American Journal of Law and Medicine, June 2008
  • Jessica L Cohen, Prashant Yadav, CorrinaMoucheraud, Sarah Alphs, Peter S Larson, Jean Arkedis, Julius Massaga, Oliver Sabot. Do Price Subsidies on Artemisinin Combination Therapy for Malaria Increase Household Use?: Evidence from a Repeated Cross-Sectional Study in Remote Regions of Tanzania. PLOS One 8 (7). 2013
  • A.B. Samii, R. Pibernik, P. Yadav and A. Vereecke. Reservation and Allocation Policies for Influenza Vaccines- European Journal of Operations Research. Volume 222, Issue 3, 1 November 2012, Pages 495–507
  • E Spiliotopoulou, MF Boni, P Yadav Impact of treatment heterogeneity on drug resistance and supply chain costs. Socio-Economic Planning Sciences, 2013
  • Pibernik R. and P. Yadav. “Capacity Reservations and Due-Date Quoting in a Make-To-Order System”. Naval Research Logistics. October 2008
  • Prashant Yadav, Richard D Smith, Kara Hanson. Pharmaceuticals and the Health Sector. In Health Systems in Low-and Middle-Income Countries: An Economic and Policy Perspective, Oxford University Press, UK. 2012
  • P. Yadav. Differential Pricing for Pharmaceuticals: Review of current knowledge, new findings and ideas for action. 2010/8, UK Department for International Development
  • P Yadav, DM Miller, CP Schmidt, R Drake. McGriff treading company implements service contracts with shared savings. Interfaces 33 (6), 18-29.

Recent op-eds

  • M Pai, P Yadav, R Anupindi. Tuberculosis control needs a complete and patient-centric solution. Lancet Global Health 2 (4), 2014
  • V. Hausman, P. Yadav, D. Ballou-Aares and B. Herbert, Global Fund: reform needed to regain credibility. The Financial Times, Nov 30, 2011
  • P. Yadav, Ensuring Quality in Primary Healthcare (in India). The Times of India, March 09, 2012

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