Moldova procures Ukrainian medicines through UNDP

Jun 9, 2017

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Kyiv, June 9, 2017 – The United Nations Development Programme is procuring medicines not only for Ukraine, but now also for neighboring Moldova. Procurement through UNDP allowed a Ukrainian manufacturer to reach a new market: anti-TB medicines Ethambutol and Isoniazid produced by Ukrainian company “Yuria-Pharm” were procured as part of a national program of the Republic of Moldova on TB counteraction. This company had won also UNDP anti-TB medicines tenders in Ukraine for the last two years.

In Ukraine, international organizations (namely UNDP, UNICEF and Crown Agents) are conducting medicines procurement for the Ministry of Health of Ukraine for the second year. This year, Moldova followed this successful practice and transferred part of the medicines procurement to UNDP.

Janthomas Hiemstra, UNDP Country Director in Ukraine commented: “The pharmaceutical industry in Ukraine employs thousands of people and is one of the drivers of economic growth. We now see how international procurement not just dispelled the fears that local industry would be destroyed, but actually is creating business growth opportunities for Ukrainian companies.”

The second year of medicine procurement conducted by UNDP in Ukraine has in fact shown a boost in the number of Ukrainian medicine producers winning tenders. As of today, nine Ukrainian medicine manufacturers won UNDP tenders for a total amount of 160 mln UAH. Contracts for supply of medicines were awarded to national manufacturers in 7 programs - adult oncology, child oncology and oncohematology, TB medicines, pulmonary arterial hypertension, Anti-D immunoglobulin, multiple sclerosis and primary immunodeficiency. The Ukrainian manufacturer winning contracts for the largest number of items is Biofarma (7 items), followed by Yuria-Pharm and Lumier Pharm (5 items each), Technolog (3 items), Pharmak and BKhFZ (2 items), Lekhim-Kharkov, Pharmex and Zdorovya (1 item).

Reference

UNDP in Ukraine conducts procurement of medicines and medical products under the state budget funds of 2016 for 23 state healthcare programs, according to the agreement with the Ministry of Health of Ukraine. UNDP exercises equal approach to all bidders and company’s country of origin is not a selection criteria - both international and Ukrainian companies are welcome to apply. This approach provides a chance for Ukrainian manufacturers to meet world-class standards and compete with their global counterparts.

UNDP is considered the most transparent aid organization in the world. The 2016 Aid Transparency Index recognized UNDP as the leading aid organization among 46 international agencies, representing 98 per cent of Official Development Flows. The index is produced by Publish What You Fund, a non-profit organization that advocates for and measures transparency.

Media inquiries

Yevgeniy Zelenko, UNDP Ukraine Media Officer | +38 044 254 0035 | yevgeniy.zelenko@undp.org