Dis-Chem has been South Africa’s first choice in pharmacies since 1978, with our linked dispensaries, family clinics, wound-care clinics and comprehensive self-medication centres.
As a leading specialist in beauty, healthy food, sport supplements, health and well-being, we offer the widest ranges in these categories, as well as expert advice.
Dis-Chem was founded when recently qualified pharmacists, Ivan and Lynette Saltzman, opened their first retail pharmacy in Mondeor in the south of Johannesburg, South Africa. The retail pharmacy introduced the concept of a discount pharmacy with product categories not previously offered in South African pharmacies.
The Saltzman’s second retail pharmacy followed at the Randridge Mall in Randburg in the north of Johannesburg. Towards the end of the 1980s, Dis-Chem began expanding its offering of non-pharmaceutical products or its “front shop” offering, and opened a third retail pharmacy. The business continued to expand into the 1990s, and to this day continues to grow at an exponential rate.