Health Minister promises more transparency in drug supply chain

KUALA LUMPUR: Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad (pic) has promised that the Health Ministry will take steps to ensure a more efficient, responsible and transparent drug supply chain process.

The Health Minister tweeted that Pakatan Harapan wanted to ensure that existing weaknesses are corrected and that all forms of wastage are addressed.

"These include any wrongdoings if proven," he said in response to a report by The Star on Wednesday (June 13).

A 12-page document being circulated claimed that the open tender process for drug procurement by the Government was rigged, enabling a monopoly of sorts.

It said that from 2013 to 2016, the Health Ministry awarded tenders for medicines amounting to RM3.7bil.

It claimed that the tenders went to six main agents, who were collectively awarded RM3.4bil or 90.93% of the total sum.

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