National pharmaceutical trading centre launched

National pharmaceutical trading centre launched

A medicine factory in Vietnam (Photo: VNA)
Hanoi (VNA) – The Ministry of Health launched a national pharmaceutical trading
centre at a ceremony in Hanoi on March 10.
According
Resolution No. 112/NQ-CP issued by the Government on December 30, 2016 on the
establishment of the national pharmaceutical trading centre, the facility will
work under the Ministry of Health and be responsible for tenders for drugs and
drug price negotiations in accordance with law.
Nguyen Tri
Dung, an official from the ministry’s department of finance and planning was
appointed as director of the centre.
Speaking at
the ceremony, Minister of Health Nguyen Thi Kim Tien said the government had
permitted medical establishments to work directly with drug suppliers in
tendering and price negotiations which caused price differences between medical
establishments as well as regions.
The launch
of the centre will help change the way the drug prices are decided, she noted,
adding that the tendering will be conducted at three levels – national,
provincial and unit levels to put forth reference ceiling and floor prices.
The prices
of expensive and proprietary drugs will be determined through negotiations, she
said.
The
minister hoped that the centre will help better manage the drug prices.-VNA

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