Dzulke­fly vows to pre­vent wastage

New Straits Times - - NEWS / STORY OF THE DAY -

KUALA LUMPUR: Health Min­is­ter Dr Dzulke­fly Ah­mad has pledged trans­parency, ef­fi­ciency and re­spon­si­bil­ity in the medicine sup­ply chain to pre­vent wastage.

He said he would con­tinue to pre­vent wastage in all as­pects.

“I re­it­er­ate that the min­istry wants to en­sure the process is trans­par­ent.

“The min­istry also aims to elim­i­nate all wastage as well as any wrong­do­ing, if there is ev­i­dence,” he wrote in his Twit­ter ac­count.

He was re­spond­ing to a tweet from Lem­bah Pan­tai mem­ber of par­lia­ment Fahmi Fadzil, who had slammed the re­ported phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal mo­nop­oly by com­pa­nies al­legedly owned by politi­cians from the pre­vi­ous ad­min­is­tra­tion.

Dzulke­fly and Fahmi were re­fer­ring to a re­port by Free Malaysia To­day, which claimed that it had doc­u­ments that linked politi­cians to com­pa­nies that mo­nop­o­lised the sup­ply of phar­ma­ceu­ti­cals to the gov­ern­ment.

The re­port claimed that these com­pa­nies were able to se­cure a mo­nop­oly on sev­eral drugs, en­abling them to in­crease the cost when sold to gov­ern­ment hos­pi­tals and clin­ics.

The doc­u­ments listed 20 com­pa­nies tied to sev­eral in­di­vid­u­als, in­clud­ing a for­mer min­is­ter, a mem­ber of the royal fam­ily, a se­nior Felda fig­ure and a for­mer am­bas­sador to the United States.

The com­pa­nies sup­pos­edly had RM4 bil­lion worth of ten­der from 2013 to 2016.

Dr Dzulke­fly Ah­mad

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