|People are buying medicines in a hospital's drug stores. Many opinion said that it is needed a law on bidding medicines in hospitals to avoid rocketing the price. — Photo hungvuongred.com
TIEN GIANG (VNS) — The health department in the Cuu Long (Mekong) Delta Province of Tien Giang has been found violating bidding norms for medical equipment and medicines, the Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper reported today.
The government inspection agency said in 2012 and 2013, the department classified the bidding packages of medicines themselves, violating the bidding regulations of the health ministry.
Under the classification, similar drugs with similar effects but of different origins will lead to great differences in the prices of medicines.
For instance, the Cefaclor 250mg tablet is manufactured by a joint venture and costs VND3,200 (1.5 US cents) each, while its locally manufactured counterpart costs VND1,705 (0.8 cent).
Last year, the department organised the bidding process, but no firm won the bid because the offered prices were much higher than those recommended by the department. — VNS