Bids for medicine
increase as new policy takes effect
HCM CITY -The number of bidsfor medicine and medical
equipment has risen dramatically in HCM City, according to the city’s Health
Bidding activities for medicine and medical equipment have
increased in the last two weeks as a new government policy for transparent
bidding, which aims to lower drug prices, has taken effect. — VNA/VNS Photo
Many of the
bids, which are worth a total of thousands of billion of Vietnameseđồng,
occurred in the past two weeks after the department selected the slate of
potential pharmaceutical suppliers.
stages, including the hiring of consultants and preparation of bidding
documents as well as financial arrangements, have also been completed,
according to the department.
Thống Nhất Hospital in Tân Bình District announced that it would invite bids
for three packages to buy medicine and medical equipment, including a bid
package for generic drugs worth VNĐ600 billion (US$26.29 million). This
attracted the attention of many pharmaceutical suppliers.
two bid packages include 309 kinds of special brand drugs (or the
equivalent), with a total bidding package value of VNĐ260 billion (11
week also invited bids for two packages to
buy medical equipment, of which
the bid security payment was already VNĐ600 million ($26,000).
also been interested in three bidding packages from the HCM City Oncology
Hospital to buy radioactive substances and marking compounds and other
medical equipment with total value of VNĐ82 billion ($3.5 million).
bids can be highly profitable as the annual procurement value has reached
thousands of billion of Vietnamese đồng,
experts said. However, there is severe competition among contractors.
representative of Minh Châu Health Co., Ltd, a major pharmaceutical company
in HCM City, said: “Contractors must increase their capacity in terms of
quality, service delivery, and, of course, price competition to be able to
win the bid.”
At a recent
bidding event for generic drugs by District 2 Hospital, 140 contractors
package of VNĐ142 billion (medium-sized package), this was considered a very
high number, according to the hospital.
also invited bids for two other packages, including one to purchase special
drugs and one to buy traditional medicine and herbs, with total bidding value
of more than VNĐ45 billion.
packages at District 2 Hospital have attracted more than 30 tenders,
including major contractors in Việt Nam and around the world such as Domesco,
Bidiphar, Agimexpharm, Pymepharco, USS Pharma, Zuellig, Yteco and Bến Thành.
Côn, director of An Bình Hospital, said that 121 contractors had submitted
bids worth a total of VNĐ80 billion for one package.
tender event, a representative of the contractor, Mekong Company, said it had
already participated in many bid packages.
“All of the
packages have rigorous standards. Contractors must ensure many criteria,
including GSP (Good Storage Practice), GDP (Good Distribution Practice) and
GMP (Good Manufacturing Practice),” he said.
To win the
bid, contractors have to prove their capability and experience, including the
number of contracts they have signed, experience in production and business,
and financial capacity of contractors.
tried to offer the most competitive price,” said the company representative.
the Health Ministry, drug bidding is being conducted at three levels in the
country: national, provincial and hospital.
Social Security (VSS) is the State agency in charge of organising
said this year it would open national centralised bidding for 30 of the most
commonly used drugs. It will also extend the list of drugs eligible to be bid
at the provincial level.
the ministry will negotiate prices of eight types of highly used patented
a recent meeting, Deputy Prime Minister Vương Đình Huệ, said that centralised
drug bidding would be a vital solution to reduce drug prices.
the list of biddable drugs would not only be economically beneficial but also
a humanitarian imperative, especially to ensure that the poor can buy drugs
without worry about price hikes, he said.
the Health Ministry to conduct open, transparent and competitive bidding on
medical equipment and other supplies at some Health Ministry hospitals.