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Friday, February 24, 2012 - 5.10 GMT
Drugs review committees to be set up


The Sri Lankan Health Authorities have decided to setup drugs review committees to formulate drug policy for each health institution and promote evidence based prescribing.

On a recommendation by the Ministry of Health, the cabinet decided to introduce a systematic procurement process to ensure timely delivery of medical supplies to hospitals in the country.

According to the task entrusted to these committees, they should regularly discuss usage patterns, the stock in hands and the cost of medications prior to arriving at a decision about the next years requirement is prepared every year.

A Cabinet Sub- Committee headed by Senior Minister Prof. Tissa Vitharana has already been appointed by the Cabinet to make recommendations on the procurement and supply process relating to pharmaceuticals, so as to ensure a smooth supply of pharmaceuticals in adequate quantities to Government hospitals.

A Procurement Planning Committee consisting of officials has also been appointed to assist this Sub-Committee. Cabinet of Ministers granted approval in principle to the proposal made by Mr. Maithripala Sirisena, Minister of Health, to implement the Recommendations made by this Cabinet Sub-Committee.

Arrangements are to be made for the distribution of drugs required by hospitals, through the network of 27 sales outlets in the country, belonging to the State Pharmaceuticals Corporation.






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