O’Neill government’s drug supply saga just won’t go away
31 January 2014
IT ALL BEGAN BACK IN SEPTEMBER last year when Papua New Guinea prime minister Peter O’Neill announced that the Borneo Pacific Pharmaceutical company (BPP), owned by Malaysian interests, would be given a contract to supply PNG pharmaceuticals.
Australian foreign minister Julie Bishop then announced that her government would not support this decision as BPP did not have the ISO 9001 quality rating and this implied their procurement methods were not up to a standard where they could be trusted to maintain a supply of good quality drugs.
There had been a history of trouble in the supply of medical kits and Australia had come to PNG’s aid and contributed millions of kina to aid their distribution. But the BPP decision was a bridge too far for Ms Bishop.
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