Inspectors rejest health ministry's spleading on Tamiflu scandal

Government inspectors have made sound and objective conclusions on the Ministry of Heath’s scandalous Tamiflu purchase and production, according to a source from the Government inspectors.

The source has said in response to former Minister of Health Tran Thi Trung Chien’s opinion, saying that the conclusions were not comprehensive.

The Ministry of Health had presented mistakes in proposing the time to stockpile Tamiflu, in assessing and ordering four domestic companies to produce the capsules. They were Phu Yen Material and Pharmacy Company (Pymepharco), Cuu Long Pharmaceutical Joint Stock Corp, Imexpharm and Stada Vietnam.

Specifically, the ministry’s proposal to stockpile 30 million Tamiflu tablets by June 30, 2006 was not practical and reasonable as according to documents collected by the Government inspectors, the A/H5N1 plague had showed signs of being taken under control at that time.

If the ministry postponed the stockpiling time until August that year, when the Swiss Company Roche began selling materials to produce the Tamiflu pills, Vietnam should have bought the materials with half lower prices, at US$9,000 a kilogram, and longer expiry date.

In addition, though the Ministry of Health reported the Government the material price was US$12,000, it was in fact from US$17,500-18,500, that even set by the four companies not the ministry.

Purchasing Tamiflu materials with expensive prices and short expiry date caused losses of hundreds of millions of dong to Vietnam.

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By Q.Khanh – Translated by Ngoc Thanh

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