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Process improvement for government drug procurement in India


  • Harleen Kaur

    (Independent Researcher')

  • Ajay Shah

    (xKDR Froum)

  • Siddhartha Srivastava



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.

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  • Harleen Kaur & Ajay Shah & Siddhartha Srivastava, 2022. "Process improvement for government drug procurement in India," Working Papers 18, xKDR.
  • Handle: RePEc:anf:wpaper:18

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    JEL classification:

    • I11 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - Analysis of Health Care Markets
    • I18 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - Government Policy; Regulation; Public Health
    • H83 - Public Economics - - Miscellaneous Issues - - - Public Administration

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