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Shanghai buys 688 medicines through tender

SHANGHAI Health Bureau will complete its tenders for 688 common medicines and retail them at cost price through 232 community hospitals before June, bureau officials said today.

Shanghai residents can save at least 15 percent of medicine cost if they buy government-procured basic medicines. Currently, hospitals add a 15 percent surcharge for medicines they sell.

Community hospitals will only sell drugs on the government-approved basic medicine list, which is intended to encourage people to go to community hospitals for treatment of small and common diseases.

The 688 medicines include Western medicines and traditional Chinese medicines and are commonly used to treat 24 types of diseases, such as respiratory diseases, cardiovascular syndromes, digestive diseases, inner secretion, and blood diseases.
"All the medicines on the list will be sourced through open tenders," said Song Guofan with Shanghai Health Bureau. "Only those with the best quality and most reasonable prices will be purchased. The price of some medicines can drop by more than 30 percent," he added.


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