ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Replicating Tamil Nadu's Drug Procurement Model

Most states are attempting to copy the Tamil Nadu Medical Services Corporation's model of centralised tendering and purchase of drugs. A study of the Kerala Medical Services Corporation and Odisha's State Drug Management Unit shows that imitating the original model without factoring in the local context and building up the processes does not lead to success. While Kerala has adapted the Tamil Nadu model and even added innovations, Odisha's experiment has had dismal results.

Pharmaceutical Pricing Policy: A Critique

The recently announced draft National Pharmaceutical Pricing Policy 2011 fails to ensure accessible and affordable medicines for all in India. This is due to the limited scope and market-based approach it offers to price control. Among other measures, policy should fix ceiling prices based on lowest priced alternatives instead of high-priced top sellers, aim to revive pharmaceutical public sector undertakings, and expand the current National List of Essential Medicines. Most importantly, pharmaceuticals must be brought under the remit of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare to allow better coordination for public health interests.
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