German Law Misses Chance To Tackle Shortages By Tweaking Tenders
Legislation passed by the German parliament will do little to address medicines shortages, because it will not tackle problems caused by exclusive tender contracts, the local off-patent industry believes.
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Leaked political proposals to stop German insurance funds awarding tender contracts to just one supplier would not help to prevent drug shortages, insists the leading AOK group of funds.
A provision in new German legislation that requires insurance funds to consider a variety of suppliers will do nothing to address drug shortages because it is not obligatory, local industry association Pro Generika believes.
By sharing 80% of its tender contracts to multiple suppliers, German insurance fund Barmer is aiming to mitigate the risk of medicines shortages.