Bhopal:Sunday, January 3 : Distribution and availability of medicines will be ensured this year in the government, medical and gas relief hospitals of Madhya Pradesh. This will be done under the new Drug Policy. An MoU in this connection has been signed between Madhya Pradesh Health Department and Tamilnadu Medical Supply Corporation. This information has been given by Public Health & Family Welfare, Medical Education, Biodiversity and Biotechnology Minister Shri Anup Mishra.
Health Minister Shri Mishra informed that the new Drug Policy will be implemented within 2-3 months. Till its implementation, the state government has authorised the Health Department to purchase medicines from drug supplying units as per the rates fixed by Laghu Udyog Nigam. Shri Mishra informed that an MoU has been signed last month with Tamilnadu Medical Supply Corporation for supplying medicines, medical equipment and other related material for the next two years under the new Drug Policy. As per the MoU, this Tamilnadu undertaking will decide the rates for the purchase of medicines and equipment, which are used in the hospitals of Health, Medical Education and Gas Relief departments.
Implementation on the MoU was finalised on December 30, 2009 at Bhopal after discussions by Tamilnadu Medical Supply Corporation Managing Director Shri Sandeep Saxena with Medicine Department’s senior officers. Tamilnadu has prepared a draft tender which will be endorsed by a committee of the Health Department. This is likely to be done in the first week of January. In the second week of January, a meeting will be arranged with the units who would have submitted tenders. At the meeting, queries about tenders will be answered. The rates are likely to be fixed in the first week of March. The lists of these rates will later be handed over to hospitals. On the basis of these rates, these hospitals will be able to purchase medicines and equipment required by them directly from the concerning drug supplier units.