Purchase Consolidation to Bring Down Prices
Creation of a work group preparing documents for inclusion of regional pharma cluster into the corresponding Register of the Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation was discussed at the meeting of coordination council on development of pharmaceutical cluster of the Kaluga region held on April 22 in Obninsk. It will give an opportunity for the pharma companies included into it to apply for public grants for partial reimbursement for joint project costs, primarily in terms of import substitution.
Besides, the meeting participants discussed prospects of inclusion of direct long-term contracts with drug manufacturers and variants of purchase consolidation of drugs in that area. Currently pharmaceutical products of most companies are delivered through distributors, i.e. with a mark up. If long-term direct contracts are signed, prices for mass-market drugs may be decreased. Such positive experience is available in some Russian regions.
It was jointly decided between State Enterprise Kaluga Pharmacia and pharmaceutical manufacturers to develop the terms of purchase consolidation.