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Pharma firm loses right to supply drugs

Update: October, 08/2014 - 09:26
The municipal Health Department has decided to cancel results of a bid won by Viet Nam Pharma for the supply of three medicines – Sustonit, Bipando and Peptan.— Photo motthegioi

HCM CITY (VNS) — The municipal Health Department has decided to cancel results of a bid won by Viet Nam Pharma for the supply of three medicines – Sustonit, Bipando and Peptan.

This follows an earlier cancellation of bidding results won by the same pharmaceutical company for four other medicines.

The department reviewed results of the latest bidding, carried out in May this year, after the General Director of the HCM City-based company, Nguyen Manh Hung, was arrested last month for allegedly smuggling the medicines and forging bidding documents.

The move also followed reports of contradictions in the bidding process itself. It was reported that some of the medicines could only be imported for use at a number of hospitals, but the bids had been held for supply to the market as a whole.

Last week, after reviewing winning bids for 38 different medicines, the department had cancelled bidding results for four medicines - Bicnu, Erwinase, Sodium Bicarbonate and Digoxin.

Department director Nguyen Tan Binh has asked relevant agencies to nullify the results, end contracts and strictly punish violating bidders.

Meanwhile, the Drug Administration of Viet Nam has announced it was revoking the registration of seven medicines by Viet Nam Pharma, saying information given to the administration did not match that carried by the labels on the actual products. — VNS

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