Cadernos de Saúde Pública
On-line version ISSN 1678-4464
LUIZA, Vera Lúcia; CASTRO, Claudia Garcia Serpa Osorio de and NUNES, Joaquim Moreira. Pharmaceutical procurement by the public sector: the quality/cost relationship. Cad. Saúde Pública [online]. 1999, vol.15, n.4, pp. 769-776. ISSN 1678-4464. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0102-311X1999000400011.
The authors discuss procurement and provision of pharmaceutical products from the perspective of supply management in the public health sector, focusing on two main aspects: quality and cost. The article analyzes issues to be considered by buyers when evaluating drug quality, especially formulation stability, bioequivalence, and the role of generics. Also discussed are factors involving costs and cost management in relation to technological innovations and consumer demands. New alternatives and suggestions are examined and presented for procurement of high-quality, cost-effective drug products.
Keywords : Drug Costs; Drug Quality; Drugs; Public Sector.