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Process improvement for government drug procurement in India

Harleen Kaur (), Ajay Shah and Siddhartha Srivastava ()
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Harleen Kaur: Independent Researcher'
Siddhartha Srivastava: NIPFP

No 18, Working Papers from xKDR

Abstract: 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.

JEL-codes: H83 I11 I18 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 19 pages
Date: 2022-12
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