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National drug trading centre founded

Minister of Health Nguyen Thi Kim Tien awarded a decision to appoint Mr. Nguyen Tri Dung, manager of the aid office under the Department of Finance and Planning as director of the centre.

The Government allowed medical establishments to work directly with drug suppliers in tendering and price negotiations which caused price differences between medical establishments and 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.

The centre will help better manage the drug prices./.

By Khanh Phuong