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Posted at: Mar 21, 2017, 1:00 AM; last updated: Mar 21, 2017, 1:00 AM (IST)

Policy notified on supply of AYUSH medicines

Chandigarh, March 20

The government has notified Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy (AYUSH) Medicine Procurement Policy, 2016.

It aims at ensuring uninterrupted supply of good quality AYUSH medicines free of cost through government institutions. Every batch of medicines will undergo testing before it is distributed.

Stating this here today, a spokesman of the AYUSH Department said medicines having WHO certification or AYUSH premium mark would be preferred.

He said the objectives included preparation of standard lists of medicines, approved sources for procurement, quantification of demand and budget for procurement. He said procurement would be made out of standard lists of medicines and other essential items. The lists would be reviewed by the technical committee of the department at least once a year, he added.

The public sector undertakings, pharmacies and cooperatives interested would be required to participate in the limited tendering process on the basis of conditions imposed by the Centre, he further said.

He said the medicines would be received at a warehouse on the premises of the AYUSH Directorate in Panchkula. Based on supply order, the warehouse manager would receive supply of medicines, he said.

On receipt of medicines, the warehouse manager would place the supply in a separate room and mark it ‘untested’ till it was tested at a government-approved empanelled laboratory, he said.

If any batch failed to meet standard quality, the supplier firm would be liable to replace the entire consignment against the particular invoice, he said.

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