THE IMPLEMENTATION AND MAINTENANCE OF PRINCIPLES FOR GOOD DISTRIBUTION PRACTICE: A SURVEY ON PHARMACEUTICAL DISTRIBUTION COMPANIES IN HO CHI MINH CITY, VIETNAM
 
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Pham Ngoc Thach University of Medicine, Ho Chi Minh City 700000, Vietnam
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University of Medicine Pham Ngoc Thach, Ho Chi Minh City 700000, Vietnam
Online publication date: 2018-06-26
Publication date: 2018-06-26
 
Eurasian J Anal Chem 2018;13(4):emEJAC04327
 
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Vietnam’s Ministry of Health has issued a circular on good practice distribution (GDP) to ensure the quality of drug dispensation from manufacturers to consumers. However, the Department of Health in Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC) faces many challenges and difficulties in adhering to the mandate. Motivated by this problem, this study administered a survey to drug distribution companies in HCMC to determine the manner by which they implement and maintain GDP. Methods: This cross-sectional descriptive study was conducted in June 2017 and involved 192 drug distribution companies located in the study site. The survey was intended to identify common violations that the companies commit in the process of applying and maintaining GDP requirements. Results: Amongst the companies, 19 (10% of the sample) did not have pharmacists in charge of drug distribution or employed ones that do not have the required professional qualifications, 54 (28%) did not satisfy requirements on storage volume and warehouse capacity and 23 (12%) imposed unsatisfactory limits on warehouse temperature. Most of the surveyed companies (157) conformed to appropriate transportation conditions. Conclusion: The surveyed companies underperformed with respect to GDP-related requirements regarding human resources, warehouse (storage) facilities and vehicular capacity, but they exhibited relatively satisfactory documentation and recording practices.
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