[health-vn] Director explains surge in vaccine prices
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Tue Mar 31 11:19:26 EST 2009
Director explains surge in vaccine prices
21:06' 30/03/2009 (GMT+7)
VietNamNet Bridge - Vaccine prices have risen due to increased costs of imported
material for vaccine production and costs to comply with the GMP (Good
Manufacturing Practice), explained Dr. Nguyen Thu Van, director of Vaccine and
Bio-Technology Products Co. No. 1, on March 29.
The explanation was given as fresh public concern mounts over an increase in
some vaccine prices.
Producers have spent hundreds of billions of dong to upgrade assembly lines to
meet increased legal standards.
The increase of vaccine prices should have been seen in the beginning of 2009
but were maintained as some distributors stockpiled products.
Dr. Van said that her company is now selling four vaccines, Hepatitis A and B,
Japanese encephalitis and measles, at higher prices, up by 10-20 percent.
The company had submitted its price increase proposal for the Ministry of
This is the only hike in the year and is only subject to vaccines given outside
of the Government’s National Expanded Program on Immunization.
As imported vaccines became 5-10 percent more expensive in HCM City, an
inspection team from the Drug Administration was called to investigate.
The inspectors gave the green light to two importers of 26 vaccines to
officially increase prices by up to 6.32 percent.
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