Hospital medicines are those used by the patients while they are in hospitals for treatment. Hospital medicines account for about one fourth of all pharmaceutical sales in Finland.
Hospital medicines are administered free of charge to the patients because the medication in public healthcare hospitals in included in the patient charge. In Finland, the patient’s municipality of residence pays for the hospitalisation.
Most of the medicine purchases are object of public bidding, and the procurements cover a period of two years. In practice, the competitive bidding for the procurements is the responsibility of the hospital pharmacies of the university hospital districts. They have the necessary pharmaceutical expertise required for the procurement process.
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