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HaryanaGovt notifies AYUSH Medicine Procurement Policy

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Haryana Government has notified Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy (AYUSH) Medicine Procurement Policy, 2016.

It aims at ensuring uninterrupted supply of good quality AYUSH medicines free of cost to the people through Government Hospitals, Prathmik Swasthay Kendras, Government Ayurvedic, Homeopathic and Unani Dispensaries, Panchkarma Centres and National Health Mission (NHM) Institutions in the State. Every batch of medicines would undergo testing before it is distributed, said a spokesman of AYUSH Department.

In view of the directive of Union Ministry of AYUSH, preferably medicines having World Health Organization (WHO) Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) Certification or AYUSH Premium Mark (a Voluntary Quality Control certification prescribed by the Drug and Quality control of AYUSH) would be procured, he said.

The objectives of the policy include preparation of standard lists of medicines, approved sources for procurement, quantification of demand and budget for procurement. Other such objectives are placing of orders, receipt of supply, quality testing, stock entry, distribution of medicines, monitoring and evaluation and structure and function of the Departmental Technical Committee.

He said that the essential drugs and medicines required for implementation of Centrally sponsored and state schemes and those under NHM would preferably be procured from Central and state public sector undertakings and pharmacies under State Governments and Cooperatives, who have their own arrangements for manufacturing AYUSH medicines. All interested Central and State Public Sector undertakings, pharmacies under State Government and Cooperatives would be required to participate in the limited tendering process on the basis of condition imposed by Government of India. The supply order for medicines would be placed by the Department to Central and State Public Sector undertakings and state pharmacies. Department would call limited tenders from those Central and State Public Sector undertakings and State Pharmacies and Cooperatives, which were the actual manufacturers of essential drugs, said the spokesman. He said that medicine supply would be received at a ware house located at Panchkula in the premises of AYUSH Directorate. Based on the supply order, the Ware House Manager (designated) would receive the physical supply of medicines along with required documents.

Every batch of medicines would undergo testing before it is distributed. On receipt of supply, the Ware House Manager would place the supply in a separate room and mark it "Un- Tested" till it is tested in a Government  approved empanelled laboratory. Random sampling of drugs would undergo testing at a Government approved analytical laboratory. If any supply fails to meet the standard quality on test analysis or on inspection by the Competent Authority, the supplier firm would be liable to replace the entire consignment against the particular invoice, the spokesman said.

He said that on the basis of facility wise demand given by respective District Ayurvedic Officers (DAOs), Ware House Manager would issue medicines to them adding that an online system would be set up to closely monitor demand generation, procurement, supply and consumption process by December 31, 2017 or an earlier date.




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