Odisha State Medical Corporation (OSMC)(Odisha Medical Corp ensures timely drug supplies amid Corona cloud) is ensuring timely procurement and dissemination of all essential drugs despite the supply chain disruptions in supply chain triggered by Covid-19 pandemic.
Drugmakers across the state are in the soup as supplies of Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients (APIs) were scuttled after the outbreak of Coronavirus in China and its consequent spread to over 200 countries.
But, Yamini Sarangi, Managing Director at OSMC(Odisha Medical Corp ensures timely drug supplies amid Corona cloud) has ensured that the total supply period of 150 days has been provided only to facilitate the supplies, in case of non-availability of raw materials/APIs.
“Orders placed between February 1 and March 3 are allowed the relaxation,” she clarified.
The source said the pharmaceutical majors in the country import around 70 pc APIs and key starting materials from China.
As the shortage of raw materials hit the manufacture of drugs, the Centre has imposed restriction on the export of at least 12 APIs and formulations including antibiotics that are available in the country.
OSMC(Odisha Medical Corp ensures timely drug supplies amid Corona cloud) has allowed suppliers for phase-wise delivery of essential medicines and medical consumables.
The suppliers, who had received orders in the last month, have been granted permission to supply drugs within the next 150 days instead of the stipulated 70 days without any penalty.
Odisha decided to allow phase-wise delivery after Tamil Nadu and a few other states initiating it.
Of the 87 suppliers, 15 in February approached OSMCL expressing their inability to deliver the essential medicines citing reasons arising out of Coronavirus situation.
The suppliers have been directed to deliver 50 per cent of the ordered items within 70 days, next 30 per cent in 110 days and the rest 20 per cent within 150 days. They will not be charged with any liquidated damage.