Medicines running out as government fails to pay bills

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AMMAN — The government’s unpaid bills to the pharmaceutical sector amount to JD160 million, said the president of the Pharmacists’ Syndicate, Dr. Zaid Al-Kilani, according to Al Ghad News.اضافة اعلان

He said in a statement that pharmaceutical companies suffer from a shortage of liquidity, which threatens their ability to secure the healthcare sector’s needs of medicines and medical supplies.

Kilani said the syndicate had already contacted the government several times to ask them to pay the money they owe pharmaceutical companies, but to date only JD20 million of that money has been paid.

He said that the period for submitting bids for medicines to the health sector has lapsed, and pharmaceutical companies can no longer import medicines.

Kilani said the government bears the responsibility in the event medicines are no longer available in either the public or private sectors.

He said that the strategic stockpile of medicines and medical supplies has begun to run low.

He said that some public sector debts to the sector are more than four years old, especially university hospitals.

Kilani said that JD50 million were allocated in the budget appendix but were found not to have been disbursed to pharmaceutical importers.

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