Monday 9 January 2023

Process improvement for government drug procurement in India

 In India, drug quality is an important problem. Government agencies are an important buyer of drugs, and also face significant problems with drug quality. In this paper, we examine the mechanisms used for drug purchase by four Indian states - Rajasthan, Punjab, Bihar and Gujarat. We establish a taxonomy of 13 design elements that define the drug procurement process. We engage in deductive reasoning about the design elements that appear to be useful and those that are less so. This work would help policy makers placed in an Indian public sector context in devising better procedures for drug purchase.

Citation: Process improvement for government drug procurement in India, Harleen Kaur, Ajay Shah, and Siddhartha Srivastava, XKDR Working paper 18, December 2022

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