|Procurement Process||Warehousing System||Distribution to Hospitals||Ensuring Quality|
|Other procurements taken up by KMSCL||KMSCL- Highlights||Future plans|
In order to make available quality medicines, supplies, equipments and diagnostic services to the poorest of poor of the population in the state, Government of Kerala has constituted Kerala Medical Services Corporation, Ltd, (KMSCL) as a fully Government owned company with authorized share capital of Rs. ten crore with its headquarters in Thiruvananthapuram. The Newly formed corporation started functioning with effect from 1st April, 2008 by establishing District Drug Warehouses in all 14 districts in the State to cater to the needs of 1316 Health Care Institutions under the State Health Services Department and 16 institutions under six Government Medical Colleges in the State.
The corporation initiated the work of providing drugs and supplies from ‘1st April’ 2008’. The Corporation is diversifying its activities by providing Bio-Medical equipments, computers etc. As a part of a foolproof quality check of medicines, all batches received as a part of supply have been tested in accredited labs in the country. Through this, the Corporation ensures providing quality medicines at affordable rates. The process of procurement and distribution of medicines has been streamlined. Computerization, pass book system and essential drug list have been established.
The Board of Directors of the Corporation is as follows.
|Secretary to Government (H & FW)||Chairman|
|Addl. Secretary to Government (Finance)||member|
|State Mission Director (NRHM)||member|
|Director of Health Services||member|
|Director of Medical Education||member|
|Expert from Pharmaceutical Sciences||member|
|Managing Director (KMSCL)||member|
The main objectives of the Corporation
Government have constituted a Technical Committee (Expert Committee) in the Corporation consisting of Director of Health Services, Director of Medical Education, State Mission Director (NRHM), Drugs Controller, Senior Doctors nominated by DHS & DME and an expert in Pharmaceutical Sciences to prepare the list of medicines to be procured by Corporation. On the basis of the recommendations of the Technical Committee, Corporation has finalized the List of Essential Drug which consists of 527 items of generic medicines, sutures, surgical and other items. Based on the annual requirement of medicines & supplies furnished by the DHS and DME, Corporation does the tender process. KMSCL floated its first tender on 30.01.2008 in which a record number of 173 reputed companies from all over the country participated.
The tender processing is done in a transparent manner by publishing all details in its official web site www.arogyakeralam.gov.in in due course giving no chance of complaints from the bidders as well as the general public.
Factory facilities of 20 new firms, who had participated in the tender for the first time in the state, were inspected by the team of inspectors appointed by the Corporation and six firms were rejected as they were not complying Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) stipulated under the Drugs and Cosmetic Rules, 1945.
Main Functions of Warehouse are:
And Issues to
Activities of Drug Warehouse
The medicines received from the suppliers are collected in the District Drug Warehouses of the Corporation for delivery to hospital as per their requirements. The delivery schedule for various categories of hospitals has been designed as follows.
|Medical College Institutions||Thrice in a month|
|District /General Hospital||Twice in a month|
|Taluk Hospitals||Once in a month|
|BPHC/ CHC/ PHC||Once in 2 months|
|Mini PHC||Once in 3 months|
In addition to this emergency supplies are also given to hospitals as per necessity. For each hospital budget allotment is provided for purchase of medicines from the Corporation and a Pass book is also maintained to record the transactions.
All the District Drug Warehouses and Head Office of the Corporation are connected through online network by a data processing system named as Drug Distribution Management System (DDMS) for monitoring the stock position, details of samples collected for testing and to watch the performance of suppliers, etc.
Each and every batch of Drug procured by the Corporation is being tested through Empanelled Analytical Laboratories to ensure the prescribed standards before release to hospitals. Corporation has empanelled Eleven (11) approved laboratories from all over India for testing the samples collected from the delivery received in the various District Drug Warehouses of the Corporation. Government Drug Testing Laboratory, Thiruvananthapuram is the appellate authority in the case of disputes regarding quality testing.
Samples of supplies in each batch are chosen at the point of supply or distribution/ storage points for testing. Payment to the suppliers is released only upon receipt of quality analysis report from laboratories. Samples which do not meet quality requirements are rejected, treating them as Not of Standard quality.
Quality Control Process