TN Corp Goes Online With Drug Logistics

Chennai: | Updated: Nov 6 2003, 05:30am hrs
Tamilnadu Medical Services Corporation Ltd (TNMSC), which purchases drugs worth Rs 100 crore every year and distributes to over 10,000 government hospitals in the state, has computerised its entire operations.

The corporation has emerged as the model for e-governance in this area.

The mandate of TNMSC, set up in 1994, was to organise an efficient centralised procurement and distribution system for drugs.

The state government considered various options with regard to drug purchase

policy which was to procure and stock quality drugs at competitive prices and ensure ready availability of all essential drugs and medicines.

TNMSC officials said to achieve these goals, the entire operation of the corporation, from forecasting of requirements to the management information system, was computerised. Computerised drug distribution management system (DDMS) of the corporation is the backbone of the drug logistics system in the state.

TNMSC has emerged as a role model on drug logistics and warehousing for the whole country. Under European Commissions sector investment programme, TNMSC has conducted a feasibility study for Andhra Pradesh. The Rajasthan government has also approached the corporation for taking up the feasibility study. The contract for the consultancy work would be signed shortly.