Planning the Purchase of Medicines and Medical Supplies for the Ministry of Health for 2012 and Its Implications for Improving Supply in the Dominican Republic
(2011; 10 pages)

SPS. 2011. Planning the Purchase of Medicines and Medical Supplies for the Ministry of Health for 2012 and Its Implications for Improving Supply in the Dominican Republic. Submitted to the U.S. Agency for International Development by the Strengthening Pharmaceutical Systems (SPS) Program. Arlington, VA: Management Sciences for Health.

Abstract

In 2005, using resources made available by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), Management Sciences for Health (MSH), through its Rational Pharmaceutical Management Plus project, provided support for the introduction of fixed-dose combination medicines for treating tuberculosis (TB) in the Dominican Republic. In 2008, the Strengthening Pharmaceutical Systems (SPS) program provided technical assistance for the introduction of treatment kits for the sputum bacilloscopy diagnosis of tuberculosis (see picture). These interventions put an end to stock-outs of medicines and supplies and improved both the timeliness of diagnosis and adherence to treatment. In addition, the procurement of these products from the Global Drug Facility saved approximately USD 1 million per year.

Based on these results, the Ministry of Public Health (Ministerio de Salud Pública; MSP) requested technical assistance for implementing similar interventions within the framework of the national program for the integrated care of HIV and AIDS. As a more sustainable alternative, MSH/SPS suggested that an integrated system be set up for managing the supply of medicines and medical commodities (SUGEMI) that would offer the potential for addressing, in an integrated manner, problems common to all MSP programs.

 
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