Framework contracts for medicine inventory management in public healthcare

Muhammad Naiman Jalil, Wafa Malik, Areeb Javaid, Ali Jan Khan

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Learning outcomes: This paper aims to highlight the implications of financial planning for public procurement process for medicine purchase. The purpose of this case is also to understand how the choice of contract type in public procurement impacts medicine inventory levels and availability. It finally highlights the appropriate configuration of framework procurement contract for procurement of discrete goods in the context of public sector procurement. Case overview/synopsis: Primary and Secondary Healthcare Department (P&SHD), Government of the Punjab provides free public health-care services in the Punjab province. Public health-care services of P&SHD are organised in a tiered manner with almost 3,000 primary and secondary medical facilities dispersed throughout the Punjab province. P&SHD maintains inventories of approximately 300 medicines to support medical service provision. Complexity academic level: This case can be taught in procurement and inventory management module of MBA level operations management course. It can also be used in executive course on public sector procurement management. The case aims to highlight the interrelation between inventory planning and procurement management process. Hence, it should be used after participants have understood inventory models, procurement process and procurement contract types. Standard readings or cases on inventory and procurement management that cover topics such economic order quantity, procurement process steps and procurement contracts can be used to develop this understanding. Supplementary materials: Teaching Notes are available for educators only. Please contact your library to gain login details or email [email protected] to request teaching notes. Subject code: CSS 9: Operations and logistics.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-21
Number of pages21
JournalEmerald Emerging Markets Case Studies
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jul 9 2019
Externally publishedYes


  • Inventory control
  • Procurement/purchasing
  • Public administration

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business and International Management
  • Education
  • Finance
  • Economics and Econometrics
  • Strategy and Management


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