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Replicating Tamil Nadu’s Drug Procurement Model

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Most states are attempting to copy the model of centralized tendering and purchase of drugs established by the Tamil Nadu Medical Services Coproration. A study of the Kerala Medical Services Corporation and the State Drug Management Unit in Odisha shows that imitating the original model without factoring in the local context and building up the processes does not lead to success. While Kerala has adapted the Tamil Nadu model and even added innovations, the experiment in Odisha has had dismal results.

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