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Introducing concepts of circular economy into the public procurement of medicines in Europe
  1. Josep Maria Guiu Segura1,
  2. Antoni Gilabert Perramon1,
  3. Vivian Sans Calle2,
  4. Paula Hors Comadira1
  1. 1 Consorci de Salut i Social de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain
  2. 2 Independent consultant, Barcelona, Spain
  1. Correspondence to Dr Josep Maria Guiu Segura, Consorci de Salut i Social de Catalunya, Barcelona 08022, Spain; pepguiu{at}

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Procurement is an important part of drug management and supply for measuring and increasing efficiency at all levels of healthcare institutions. Effective procurement means supplying the right drugs in the right quantities, at the right time, and with recognisable standards of quality.

The European Association of Hospital Pharmacists position paper on procurement, released in June 2018,1 states that the knowledge and skills of hospital pharmacists make them specialists in the entire field of medicine procurement. Hospital pharmacists should lead all phases of procurement to ensure continuity of the supply of cost-effective quality medicines to patients.

Within the European Union, public procurement …

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