Keeping an eye on quality and price, government plans single platform to source medicines – Times of India

Mumbai: Government Plan to create a common platform to handle procurement of Medicine Central Government Health Scheme (CGHS), for all central government agencies including institutions and public sector undertakings. It aims to take advantage of bulk procurement through a common mechanism where medicines will be uniform Quality and pricing, nationwide.
Overall, the drug procurement by the central and state governments is estimated to be Rs 22,000 crore annually or about 15% of the total pharma market.
Currently, the same drug can be purchased at different prices by different government organizations and different ministries-health and chemicals and fertilisers. Importantly, the move could also curb the practice of over-billing by some pharma companies, and offer high-value critical products at a lower cost. costWhich resulted in huge savings for the government, sources told TOI.
A major part of government procurement is used for schemes and institutions including Jan Aushadhi, CGHS, AIIMS and Employees’ State Insurance Corporation. The mechanism being discussed is only for procurement by the Centre, as states have their own independent systems.
Sources said that the matter has been discussed by both the Ministries of Health and Family Welfare and Chemicals and Fertilizers along with presentations by entities including GeM (Government e-Market Place). Sources said the possible entities include GeM and Indian Drugs and Pharmaceuticals Ltd. In addition, preference may be given to micro, small and medium enterprises for sourcing products such as vitamins, basic antibiotics and paracetamol.