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With the Turkish medicine shortage situation as bad as ever, the national pharmacists’ association has said that 521 products are now “hard to find,” while 141 are unavailable. A government move to adjust the fixed euro rate on which drug prices are calculated is not expected to do much to solve the problem.
Complaints From Local Industry Reach New Heights In Turkey As Medtech Tender Gets Fourth Postponement
The planned $10bn medical device tender in Turkey, closely watched by multinational and local companies alike, has been postponed, again, until April 16. Local Turkish device companies are objecting strongly to the government’s approach to the tender, arguing that it is adding more pressure on local industry as it is already under serious financial distress.
As the date for multibillion-dollar medical device bidding process for hospitals in Turkey gets closer, the government made an important change, dropping the condition that bids must cover the whole package of requested devices. This opens the way for partial bids that smaller companies might be able to handle.
The Turkish Government postponed a $10bn medical device tender for at least the third time, to January 10. But it is the government's insistence that the giant tender will go on at all, rather than be canceled outright, that has attracted criticism from local companies, who object to some of the tender's conditions.
The Turkish government's drive to increase domestic production of medicines used the country has had some success for generic drugs, but it looks like the authorities may have given up hope when it comes to high-value products.
Aselsan, Turkey's leading defense company, is increasing its focus on medical technology to support localization of medical devices. The company has started projects to develop and produce mobile X-ray and MRI systems, as well as defibrillators.