Quantity and Quality: An Rx for Efficient Drug Purchasing
AEI Health Policy Outlook, No. 8, September 2008
9 Pages Posted: 23 Oct 2013
Date Written: September 18, 2008
Drug procurement agencies and organizations spend billions of dollars on drugs for patients in the developing world. These drugs are essential to the health of many millions of patients — but only if they are safe and effective. The World Health Organization (WHO) and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria offer "prequalification" programs designed to help drug procurers identify suppliers of safe and effective drugs. But while they do some good, both programs are flawed: they focus too little on drug quality, favor local producers that may not qualify under the more rigorous drug approval systems of the United States and Europe, and exercise little oversight of how drug procurers use their lists. Such bureaucratic bungling can mean the difference between life and death.
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