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How elements of the Indian state purchase drugs


  • Harleen Kaur

    (Independent Researcher)

  • Ajay Shah

    (xKDR Forum and Jindal Global University)

  • Siddhartha Srivastava

    (King's College, London)


Quality problems in drug purchasing by Indian state agencies lie at the intersection of the field of drug quality in India and the field of government contracting in India. Improvements in the procedures used by state agencies when buying drugs can improve the working of public health care programs, and potentially also influence drug quality in the private market. The first step towards policy analysis and reform lies in careful description of how drug purchase works at present. In this paper, we describe how some elements of the Indian state buy drugs.

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  • Harleen Kaur & Ajay Shah & Siddhartha Srivastava, 2021. "How elements of the Indian state purchase drugs," Working Papers 5, xKDR.
  • Handle: RePEc:anf:wpaper:5

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    1. Bhabesh Hazarika & Pratap Ranjan Jena, 2017. "Public Procurement in India: Assessment of Institutional Mechanism, Challenges, and Reforms," Working Papers id:12004, eSocialSciences.
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    • I18 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - Government Policy; Regulation; Public Health
    • H51 - Public Economics - - National Government Expenditures and Related Policies - - - Government Expenditures and Health
    • H57 - Public Economics - - National Government Expenditures and Related Policies - - - Procurement
    • H83 - Public Economics - - Miscellaneous Issues - - - Public Administration

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