How to Open a Medical Supplies Store

Have you been working as a medical supply sales representative or a medical equipment technician? Or do you have experience in selling medical supplies? Are you thinking of going into business as an entrepreneur?

Then a medical supplies store is a business you can start. We have tips on how you could start this venture.

The medical field requires expert practioners – those who have been in the field for so long that they are already masters of what they do. In the field of medical supply business, medical knowledge it is, technically, not a requirement; however, it is a plus factor such that it is akin to necessary. Simply said, if you are wanting to enter into this type of business, it is best if you have prior experience in the field of medicine, particularly in supplies and equipment, perhaps as a medical supply sales representative or a medical equipment technician.

Medical Supplies Store Startup Survey

Being inside the field has several advantages. You may have already known and established relationships with major distributors, suppliers and manufacturers of medical gadgets. It means it would no longer be hard for you to find companies from where you can get supplies. And you may have already known medical practinioners like doctors, pharmacists, and home care givers. These are the people, aside from the public, to whom you can sell medical supplies to. Before starting out, talk to these people around your town or city. Ask them what they need and what people who come to them for advice need. Only then will you be able to determine what kind of inventory you will be having at your shop. Will they be more on mobility equipment, or diagnostic instruments? Or the standard air tanks, surgical tubings, gauze, wheelchairs and shower seats? You’d need around $10,000 for inventories on a small store.

Medical Supplies Store Resource

Also talk to owners of medical supply stores in other areas who can help you. Know what are the issues you may have to face in the future in your operations. An important resource for medicine-related issues is the American Medical Association. From them you will get help on topics like licensing. Depending on the items you will carry in your store, you might need an ordinary business license or a special one. For example, if you will be selling items that require prescription, you will have to obtain certain certifications to distribute the equipment.

Starting a medical supply business is quite complicated compared to other general types of businesses. A suggestion for a less difficult startup, if you want to own a medical equipment store – buy an existing one. One bonus in this is you will be inheriting a set of clientele. You have fewer tasks to do in terms of marketing and advertising.


  • fawzi alharatani said on May 8, 2010
    i am interested to start a medical supply store in saudi arabia -jeddah
  • Mariam said on June 25, 2010
    hi, i live in Baltimore, Maryland, in the united states, and i wanted to know, what type of licensing is needed to start a medical supply store in Maryland? plz comment and offer any ideas, thoughts, or references. thank you
  • Malik said on August 25, 2010
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  • David Pannell said on August 29, 2010
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  • puneet joshi said on September 1, 2010
    hi i am an IT professional want to start a medical store chain business. please guide me with the paper work involved in that.
  • Muhammad Nauman Farooq said on September 21, 2010
    I want to start a medical store at Kharian my home city, Your kind suggestion is needed.
  • Hnin Phyo Ei Lwin said on September 27, 2010
    I setup a medical supplies store. I want to know medical knowledge. How to control for sales, purchases and stocks. What type of licensing is needed to start a medical supply store in Myanmar? Please suggest is needed details for me. Thanks. Best Regards, Mss.Phyo, Yangon,Myanmar
  • Muhammad Shaikh said on November 14, 2010
    I wanna open a medical store, but I want to open at small scale. Can anyone guide me what limited items can i start with and at what scale?
  • Vagan Chakarian said on December 5, 2010
    Hi, I live in Fresno, California, USA. I would like to know, what type of license do I need to start a medical supply store in California? Thank you.
  • kamran ali said on February 12, 2011
    i interested in starting a medical store at hyderabad pakistan my home city,your kind suggestion is needed.
  • zulfiqar Ali said on March 23, 2011
    I have planned to start a medical store next month in Tehsil pindigheb at district Attock punjab pakistan, kindly guide us for better results plz.
  • amit patel said on May 9, 2011
    Hi i wanted to open medical supply store, in DOYLESTOWN, PENNSYLVANIA. USA. Kindly tell me what are requirements and what licenses i need. i already have retail convenient store i like to add medical supply store with my existing business. thanks
  • Noman Zafar said on September 6, 2011
    Please let me know what are the requirements/ procedures/licenses do I need to open up a medical supply store. Already have a 2000 square feet retail store. would like to convert it into a medical supply store.
  • Syed Shah said on November 11, 2011
    I have place on prime location on Gulshan Chowrangi Main Rashid Minhas Road Gulshan-e-Iqbal Karachi Pakistan and I am interesting to open a medical store. I need guidance to get its license from relevant authorities. Thanks
  • sajid said on November 18, 2011
    salaam, i want to establish a medical store in Islamabad near tarnol. what kind of store will be better, a whole sale or local? can you plz also guide me about the procedure of all this? +923225100298. regard
  • Riaz UL Haq said on December 15, 2011
    Greetings, I want to establish a medical store in Karachi near Upper Gizri. Can you plz also guide me about the procedure of all this? I want to open at small scale. I can invest Rs. 200,000. Can anyone guide me what limited items can i start with and at what scale? You can contact me at Warm Regards
  • Muhammad Safdar said on January 2, 2012
    I have a dispenser certificate. can i open a medical store. in punjab
  • K.G.SREEKUMAR said on January 18, 2012
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  • Shoaib said on February 7, 2012
    I want open medical store but i have no idea. how i get the license for medical store in karachi.
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  • jones said on March 10, 2012
    Chennai, tamilnadu...i m a nurse would like to start a medical equipment store..should i need to get any license if so where do i apply for it...
  • M. Javed Iqbal said on May 13, 2012
    I want to start a medical store at Islamabad, Pakistan. Kindly let me know what would be the requirements and which authority would grant me license for this purpose.
  • lynette jackson said on May 16, 2012
    I want to open a small medical supply store in Queens NY I want to know how much money I would for start up and all the necessary paperwork involved. THANKS
  • shalu Teny said on June 6, 2012
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  • Nobuhle Goqo said on July 17, 2012
    I want to start a medical supply company in durban south africa, I need to know what licensing do I need in order for my business to be recognized as a reputable supplier?
  • sardar ali wattoo said on July 23, 2012
    i want to open a new medical store in pakpattan. i have no license and certificate i would know about the requirement for opening a new medical store. so, kindly let me tell all the requirement? i 'll b thank full.
  • florence said on August 7, 2012
    I am a nurse, interested in starting a supply store, what do i need to do and how can i start.
  • rafiq muhammad said on August 20, 2012
    hello, i wanna open medical store in Mansehra Pakistan. what type of licensing do i need. and how to get the license? waiting.....
  • Syed Asad Siddiq said on November 3, 2012
    my business location in karachi, area named is bufferzone where my residential is situated. I want to start my medical store with minimum capital, currently i am doing a job in the pharmaceutical company which makes software and i feed all the medical drugs related details in the software. So i want to start my medical store like a part timer. Kindly deliver me a favorable advise that how to start this business. thanks & regards
  • sajid said on November 3, 2012
    slam, i am a graduate in science. what kind of degree required to open a medical store. thank you
  • kitso kgatitsoe said on December 18, 2012
    I want to open a medical supply company in pretoria, where do i start?
  • kalpesh vyas said on December 21, 2012
    hi dear i am from pharma background and i want to start medical device business so pls tell me how to search dealer of particular item
  • Fortunate farzad said on February 8, 2013
    I'm interested in any information you can share to start up on a small scale with intentions of growing the business of medical suppliers in my home town ...pls reply to email provided with requirements, licensure ,education etc. I guess a medical background is a plus? Thnx in advance :)
  • sanjay srivastava said on March 14, 2013
    hi sir, i want to open a medical store in baliya u.p. i want to know that what are the formalities for opening a medical store like area, license etc. and can i supply medicines on demand of mail or SMS. It will come under online pharmacy.
  • muhammad iqbal bilal said on March 23, 2013
    dear sir i want to open a homeopathic cum herbal medical store in punjab is there any license needed if so from where i get
  • joe garza said on April 7, 2013
    hi, i want to start medical supply store in houston tx can u send me some info. thank u
  • Lucas said on April 18, 2013
    I would like to start a medical supply business in Mpumalanga. how do i start.
  • Lucas said on April 18, 2013
    I would like to start a medical supply business in Mpumalanga, how do I start? South Africa, Pretoria
  • talib hussain said on May 2, 2013
    i am talib hussain and i have passed dispenser course in jinnah postgraduate medical center karachi batch 2007 so i want to open the medical store in punjab because i am from punjab plz tell me about this.
  • PELO said on May 8, 2013
    i want to open a medical supplies business in the Eastern Cape, South Africa (Port Elizabeth).
  • adnan yakub said on July 28, 2013
    how to start amedical store? How to obtain licence in karachi pakistan? For complete range,how much is money/finance is required?
  • brijesh patel said on August 20, 2013
    i want to start surgical product at wholesale ,and i want to get the information about the product which are generally used in hospitals...and suggest me other business idea Exp:pharmacy field. himatnagar, gujarat, india. +919727883163
  • Amit shukla said on September 2, 2013
    i want to start my own business as medical product suppliers at jabalpur MP.
    -kindly suggest how to find out customer and what type marketing are required for the same.
    - how much cost required to start the business.
    thanks. Regards, Amit shukla
  • nasir said on October 2, 2013
    i want to open a medical store in islamabad. i have already passed dispenser course
  • Khushbu said on November 6, 2013
    I want to open my medical shop in my city, provide me the references for lending licenses and what is the total estimation for opening in a small scale.
  • mohan said on November 16, 2013
    Hello, i want to open medical supply store in delhi. Plz provide me information bcoz i hv no idea how to get licensee n no experience of it
  • udaya said on December 2, 2013
    hi am an medical representative in chennai at past one year i want to start one medical supply store in my home town please guide me i don't have any idea in this business kindly help me please.
  • rizwan said on December 11, 2013
    HI, I have been working in U A E. In. Medical sales & marketing for 21 yrs , currently working as country manager , planning to start a business of my own ,in medical equipments retail & wholesale need your guidelines. Thanks
  • javed said on March 11, 2014
    I want to start a medical store and a pharmacy? How to obtain license in Rawalpindi pakistan?
    What all will be required?
    For complete range, how much is money/finance is required?
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  • Irene Nthabiseng Phore said on August 29, 2014
    Good day, City State Country, I would kindly like to start a medical suppliers business company in benoni where I'm currently situated. I don't know how to startup and what kind of license is needed of me and where to find it! Your respond will be highly appreciated. Thank you
  • zahid said on September 2, 2014
    I want to start a medical store and a pharmacy? How to obtain license in karachi pakistan?
  • Imtiaz said on October 11, 2014
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  • Amit Khairnar said on November 2, 2014
    Hi I am in pharma background. pl tell about pharma device business in nasik
  • sandeep rawal said on November 4, 2014
    i am sandeep, start new medical and surgical retailer with wholesale stores in ratlam plz guide me.
  • faisal said on November 27, 2014
    i live in karachi. i am start medical store and pharmatical. any idea tell me 03002994608
  • Ravi Jain said on February 25, 2015
    I want to start a medical store and a pharmacy? How to obtain license .
  • ANUJ SHARMA said on April 22, 2015
    I want to start a medical store ? How to obtain license. I LIVE IN GHAZIABAD.
  • fatima hasimn said on May 10, 2015
    do we need to take license for opening medical supplies business in saudi arabia
  • THALAKANTI ANIL KUMAR said on July 26, 2015
    i am interested to start medical equipment supplying business. contact 9866768220.
  • ahsna said on August 27, 2015
    Aoa. sir i want to open medical store But i dont know how to get medical certificate .tel me plzzz
  • jamshed said on October 14, 2015
    I have 18 years experience with medical line I want to open medical store what kind of license is required in Punjab attock
  • saif gul said on February 19, 2016
    I want to opening a medical store still i am a bsc student so now what should i do? please guide me 03405565077
  • Imran said on May 7, 2016
    Hi, I am an M.Sc (Chemistry) student. Can I open a Medical / Medicine store with this degree. If not then is there any short course that i do and open medical store. Plet let me know. Thanks.
  • Hector said on July 21, 2017
    I am a theater scrub nurse in south africa i want to start my medical supplies company but my concern is the legislative requirements to do such business in south africa
  • Ana said on August 21, 2018


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