Metro Drug Inc. (MDI) in its present structure came to be in 1997. Previously, MDI was known as MDDI – a joint venture company held by The Zuellig Corp. and Marsman & Co., Inc. MDDI was in the business of both consumer goods distribution and pharmaceutical distribution. In 1997, the pharmaceutical business split off, and Metro Drug Inc. was formed as a result. Two years later, in 1999, the senior management structure was changed to what it is today: a lean, flat organization enabled to move rapidly in response to customers’ changing needs and demands.

Pharmaceutical Sales and Distribution is our principal activity. As we entered a new decade, our organization positioned itself to become one of the largest and most efficient distributors of pharmaceutical and healthcare products. We placed ourselves among the top 100 corporations in the Philippines with over 50 principal partners and representing most therapeutic classes, as well as a mix of both multinational and national Filipino companies.


Over the past five years, we’ve recorded strong growth at MDI Philippines. Our business model has proven successful, with strong, top-line growth that’s fueled by focused management, streamlined operations, and new business acquisition. Underlying our strong financial position is our competency for working capital management – a key factor in successfully establishing ourselves as a credible and trusted business partner.

Key Business Areas

Our organizational and operational set-up at MDI is tailored to meet the needs of the Philippines’ healthcare industry. This enables us to operate efficiently in three key business areas: pharmaceuticals, medical devices, and animal health.

We have repeatedly proven ourselves to be the ideal choice for companies looking for a skilled distribution partner. We make partnering easy and are the leanest, most flexible, and most aggressive distribution company operating in the Philippines today.

History Timeline

  • 1931

    Metro Drug Corporation

    Metro Drug Corporation was established in 1931 as a small pharmacy in Rizal Ave, Metro Manila

  • 1950

    Entered the cosmetics, personal care and Veterinary Spaces

  • 1960

    Biggest Pharma and Veterinary Distribution in the Philippines

  • 1987

    Metro Drug Distribution Inc.

    First Pacific Company Ltd of Hongkong acquired Metro Drug Corporation and was known as Metro Drug Distribution Inc.

  • 1995

    Zuellig Group of Companies

    MDDI was acquired and then strategically merged with Marsman & Company, Inc.an affiliate of the Zuellig Group of Companies.

  • 1997

    Metro Drug Inc.

    Metro Drug Inc. was incorporated by Marsman to handle the pharmaceutical distribution business of former MDDI.

  • 2013

    MDI Animal Health

    Re-entered the Animal Health space

  • 2014

    Medical Device

    Entered the Medical Diagnostics and Devices space

  • 2018

    MDI Commercial Solution

    Launch of Commercial Solutions

  • 2019

    Metro Drug Inc.

    Metro Drug Inc. Rebranded.


    Patient Solution Program crafted

Our Vision

We are the agile market access organization that continually improves the health and well-being of Filipino communities.

Our Mission

As the most agile and innovative market access provider to:

…Our Client Principals, we will be the preffered route-to-market partner in the Philippines.

…Our Customers, we will extend our supply chain expertise to support the profitable growth of their business.

…Our Patients, we will build sustainable alliances and partnerships to facilitate positive health outcomes.

…Our Healthcare Professionals, we will be a valuable source of medical knowledge and solution to improve patient care.

Thereby generating sustainable profitable returns for our Shareholders and creating a fulfilling work environment for our Employees.