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[e-drug] Privatization of the Sudanese Central Medical Supplies Public: Why not?

Dear e-druggers,
 
Recently I wrote a paper about the feasibility of privatizing public drug 
supply organizations. The central medical supplies of Sudan was taken as a case 
study. 
 
Abstract
E-DRUG: Privatization of the Sudanese Central Medical Supplies Public: Why not?
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In Sudan, the constitutional guarantee to free medicines in the public health 
facilities was abolished in 1992 as a part of health sector reform, which was 
adopted as a component of economic liberalization policy. The Central Medical 
Stores (the government agency responsible for free distribution of medical 
supplies to public health facilities) was converted to an autonomous public 
organization and renamed Central Medical Supplies Public Corporation (CMS). 
Since that time, CMS started the distribution of medicines and medical devices 
to all public health facilities on a cash-and-carry basis. This paper provides 
information about CMS and medicine supply system in Sudan. It also highlights 
the reasons and potential advantages of the CMS privatization. The paper 
concluded that, the best way forward to reach all corners of the huge country, 
like Sudan, was to privatize the ownership of the CMS. This action will render 
the new company to provide the current services more efficiently and 
cost-effectively.  

Keywords: CMS, privatization, medical supplies, state owned enterprises, 
efficiency

Those who are interested in such subject could access the whole article at the 
following link.  
http://www.sjph.net.sd/files/vol3i2p61-76.pdf

Yours sincerely 
Gamal Khalafalla Mohamed Ali PhD, MSc, PG Dip. (Health Econ.),  B.Pharm (Hon)
Mobile +249123039450
Federal Pharmacy and Poisons Board
Secretary General 
P.O. Box 11995
Khartoum
Sudan
Gamal Khalafalla Mohammed <gamalkh@hotmail.com>
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