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Mathematical Problems in Engineering
Volume 2016, Article ID 6153898, 7 pages
Research Article

Research on Medicine Distribution Route Optimization for Community Health Service Institutions

School of Management, Jiangsu University, No. 301 Xuefu Road, Zhenjiang, Jiangsu 212013, China

Received 25 January 2016; Accepted 26 April 2016

Academic Editor: Zhimin Huang

Copyright © 2016 Zhao Li et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


At present, the optimization of medicine distribution route has become an urgent issue that needs to be solved in the unified medicine distribution for community health service institutions. Considering the characteristics of medicine distribution for community health service institutions, to minimize the overall cost (including refrigeration storage cost, vehicle fixed cost, and transportation cost) of medicine distribution in a certain region, a transport-distance-constrained local community medicine distribution route optimizing model is established. Then, a tabu-search-based algorithm originated from client direct arrangement ideology is put forward and MATLAB language is used to simulate the medicine distribution procedure. The simulated results show that the proposed algorithm is capable of obtaining an optimum distribution scheme cost with minimum transportation cost.