Le Ngoc Danh, Do Van Dung, Ly Thanh Trung, Chau Thuc Oanh, Truong Van Dat, Nguyen Thi Hai Yen

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This paper analyzes the procurement of drugs by Ho Chi Minh City Department of Health (DoH) through centralized bidding. In the period of 2014-2019, DoH focused mainly on purchasing drugs under generic packages with the quantity ranging from 67% to 70% higher than that of drugs in the original brand name package (30%-33%). In terms of value, compared to the total planned value, the generic package decreased by 65% (2017-2019), while the original brand name package decreased only by 35%. Bid prices and bid winning prices of each commodity decrease over the years. The difference between bid prices and bid winning prices ranged from 20% to 40%. DoH's locally concentrated list of tenders has not yet fully met the needs of the local health facilities, so there is still planning to add new drugs beyond the list. Therefore, it is advisable to conduct a further survey on drug use needs in each health facility through data from open bidding at hospitals in Ho Chi Minh City and from there, to consider which drugs should be added to DoH's centralized drug procurement list.


Centralized bidding, generic bidding package, original brand name bidding package, drug price, HCMC Department of Health


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