Thursday 4 June, 2020

Medical Disposables asks customers to do business remotely

Medical Disposables and Supplies Limited (MDS) says it will no longer be accepting walk-in customers, in light of the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19).

The Kingston-based company, which has reported increased demand for its products, said effective Monday, April 6, customers should place orders and communicate remotely. 

Medical Disposables distributes healthcare and consumer products islandwide. 

In a notice via the Jamaica Stock Exchange, MDS said: “In light of the current situation and keeping with the health and wellness guidelines to stop the spread of COVID-19, effective immediately and until further notice, Medical Disposables and Supplies Limited will no longer be accepting walk-in customers with the exception of oncology and vaccine purchases.” 

It further noted: “As a provider of essential products and services, MDS remains open for business as regular distribution and delivery operations will continue, and we remain flexible for any real-time adjustments.”

MDS’ portfolio includes pharmaceuticals, vaccines, injectables, hospital supplies, medical disposable items, medical sundries, consumer products and beauty items. 

In the third-quarter ending December 2019, MDS made $603 million in revenue or 12 per cent more than the previous year. 

Year-to-date sales over nine months grew to $1.7 billion or 9.2 per cent more than the previous year.

In 2018, the company was appointed a distributor for the United States-based technology company 3M, expanding its portfolio in disposable supplies and medical instruments. The same year, MDS passed the $2 billion revenue mark for the first time. 

3M is now one of the global suppliers of the in-demand N95 masks and other supplies.

The medical distribution company was founded by managing director Myrtis Boothe in 1999. The company listed on the junior market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange in December 2014.

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