With PGI floating a tender for Chemist Shop Number 2 at the Old Shopping Complex with a condition of offering 50 per cent discount on all medicines,chemists in the city are planning to boycott the auction.
Tenders have been invited by PGI,where the firm that offers maximum discount on all medicines will be given the tender. However,the discount must be at least 50 per cent. Bids quoting less than 50 per cent discount shall be rejected. The last date of submission of tender is December 6.
As per the conditions,The licencee must give medicines,consumables,surgical implants,instruments and other things to patients against valid prescription by the doctors at a minimum of 50 per cent discount on MRP. However,licensee would be free to offer more discounts.
Chetan Rao,DDA,PGI said,The aim is to provide maximum discount to patients on drugs,surgical items. The bidder who offers maximum discount will get the tender. The model is similar to that of AIIMS in Delhi,where a 24×7 pharmacy provides all medicines and surgical consumables at 56 per cent discount on MRP.
However,members of Chandigarh Chemists Association (CCA) are upset. Providing 50 per cent discount on branded drugs is not possible. How will they offer such a discount when they get only 15 per cent commission? It will lead to unethical practices, said Khem Gupta,CCA head.
There are 530 chemists associated with the CCA and all will boycott this tender. The association is also planning to move the High Court against the PGI and will take up the issue with the Drug Controller General of India, he added.
To ensure all medicines are made available by the pharmacist; the hospital will take Rs 50 lakh performance guarantee from the successful bidder. This can be forfeited in case of deficiency in service. The licence shall initially be granted for two years.
At present,PGI has leased out chemists shops in its premises and entered into an agreement with each licencee to provide 15 per cent discount on branded drugs and 30 per cent on generic drugs and surgical items.