China -  Chinese law firm

What are the benefits of bidding identified by the Minister of Health?

a. Obtained good results by reducing inappropriate practices and standardizing sales practices;

b. Acted as a mechanism for increasing competition;

c. Reduced drug distribution layers;

d. Reduced the cost of drugs;

e. Strengthened safety and efficacy of drugs;

f. Assisted government in controlling drug prices;

g. Promoted consolidation in the production industry, reform in distribution, and strengthening of quality controls;

h. Promoted the organization of more planned type of production.

The reduction of cost of drugs, reduction of inappropriate practices and consolidation of production industry are the most cited benefits (by MOH and others) of bidding. However, the above benefits are questioned by some companies.

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