Replicating Tamil Nadu’s Drug Procurement Model
Prabal Vikram Singh et al
September 29, 2012 vol xlviI no 39 EPW Economic & Political Weekly
Most states are attempting to copy the Tamil Nadu Medical Services Corporation’s model of centralised tendering and purchase of drugs.A study of the Kerala Medical Services Corporation and Odisha’s State Drug Management Unit shows that imitating the original model without factoring in the local context and building up the processes does not lead to success. While Kerala has adapted the Tamil Nadu model and even added innovations, Odisha’s experiment has had dismal results.