Task force on drug monopoly claim to meet next week, says Dr Dzulkefly

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  • Thursday, 05 Jul 2018

Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad delivered his speech before officiate the Healthcare Forum 2018. - Azman Ghani /The Star

KUALA LUMPUR: The task force looking into a drug and medical supplies monopoly claim will meet sometime next week for the first time, said Health Minister Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad (pic).

He said that the Government has to iron out its own policies first as it involved some sensitive issues relating to policies.

"It is going to be an inter-ministerial thing," he said after launching the Healthcare Forum 2018 - Sustaining Tomorrow's Healthcare, Empowering Today's Consumers on Thursday (July 5).

On June 20, it was reported that the Government had agreed to set up a special task force headed by Economic Affairs Minister Datuk Seri Azmin Ali to look into the alleged drug monopoly claim.

Dr Dzulkefly said the four ministries involved were Health, Transport, Agriculture and Agro-based Industry and Economic Affairs.

He said that they had not called the concessionaires yet.

On June 13, details of high-ranking officials, politicians and their relatives allegedly involved in bid rigging of the tender process, emerged.

It was alleged that they rigged control control of billions of ringgit worth of drugs supplied to the Government, which could lead to high drug cost, have emerged.

In a 12-page document emailed to Dr Dzulkefly and forwarded to a handful of parties including The Star, the document revealed the monopoly of the supply of drugs to the Health Ministry.

According to the documents, from 2013 to 2016, of the total medicine tender awards by the Health Ministry which amounted to RM3.7bil, the top three tendering agents were awarded RM2.8bil or 75.9% of the RM3.7bil.

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