The HCM City Department of Health this week ordered the Centre for Quality Control of Food, Drug and Cosmetics to obtain samples and test 332 out of 1,193 drugs that won bids to supply to hospitals this year following reports about poor quality of drugs.
The 332 belong to one of three categories, Nguyen Tan Binh, the department head, said: imported drugs, those about which some hospitals have complained about side effects, and those bidding successfully for the first time.
The test results would be published on the department's website, he added.
But the department said in a public announcement that there is no evidence that any of the drugs are substandard and it has got no negative feedback about them from hospitals.
They are all licensed and so cannot be substandard, it explained.
The tenders were called for as prescribed in the Bidding Law and Ministry of Health circulars.
Binh called on hospitals to continue their surveillance of these drugs and immediately report to the department in the case of problems.
The department has set up a team of inspectors to regularly check drug plants that win bids to supply to hospitals to ensure quality, he added.