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Cheap generic drugs

Elenoa Baselala
Sunday, January 16, 2011

THE Fiji Pharmaceutical Society will work with the Commerce Commission to ensure drugs placed under price control are available to consumers.

"This will also eliminate the price differences that is a result of different sources of the same generic molecule by different pharmacies and will ensure a consistent price for these essential generic drugs around the country," FPS president Ajay Raniga said.

"By selecting the bulk purchase scheme as the source of these essential drugs, the Commerce Commission has ensured that the cheapest generic drugs will be available due to the capability of the Fiji Pharmaceutical services to negotiate better prices through their tender system.

"We also hope that the Commerce Commission has talked to the Government pharmacy to ensure that all medications are available to all pharmacies by the said date (21st) and normal commercial trading terms will be given to all pharmacies," Mr Raniga said.

On Friday, the commission released a list of 74 drugs that are to be under price controlled.

Its determination followed a study conducted by the Health Ministry and Consumer Council last year. According to the commission, it sent a draft of the drug prices to stakeholders last year.

Stakeholders were allowed an extension up to January 7 for submissions.

After analysing these submissions, the commission made its determination. Some of the key factors behind the commission decision were the high drug prices as well as an alleged collusion between doctors and pharmacies.


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