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‘Purchase Process Delays Medicines’

The long and lengthy process of procurement in contracting suppliers for medicines is a continuing challenge for the Fiji Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Services. But the Ministry of Health and Medical
11 May 2017 11:00
‘Purchase Process Delays Medicines’
Ministry of Health Permanent Secretary Philip Davies, Minister of Health Rosy Akbar with the President Major-General (Ret’d) Jioji Konrote at the closing of the National Primary Healthcare Symposium 2017 at Holiday-Inn on May 9th, 2017. Photo: Ronald Kumar.

The long and lengthy process of procurement in contracting suppliers for medicines is a continuing challenge for the Fiji Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Services.

But the Ministry of Health and Medical Services remains largely dependent on global pharmaceutical suppliers just like other countries.

This is one of the reasons for the delay in the arrival of the medicines into the country, says the Permanent Secretary for Ministry of Health and Medical Services, Philip Davies.

Moreover, Mr Davies while presenting the Submission to the Public Accounts Committee on 2014 and 2015 Audited Accounts on Tuesday said there was in fact a shortage of skills and talents to engage in the trade.

He said the supply chain management was a new area and the responsible organisation was trying to get things work well.

“Contracts are tedious and we have to wait during the procurement processes,” Mr Davies said.

Fiji Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Services chief pharmacist Apolosi Vosanibola said they tried to minimise the delays in whatever ways they could.

“We have a trust relationship the suppliers and we follow the conditions from our tender while we are in the process of finalising the contract.”

Member of the Standing Committee Ratu Sela Nanovo suggested that the time of renewing contracts with medicine suppliers be six months.

But in response, Mr Davies said they had to look at other factors which were the cost and also the expiration of the products.



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