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As a result of audit in medical establishments of Armenia held by the State Commission for Protection of Economic Competition (SCPEC), the violations exceeding 1.5 bln drams were revealed. The final results of the second stage of the audit were presented over today's session of the SCPEC.
To recall, numerous facts of breaking of the anti-monopoly legislation were found over the first stage of audit in medical establishments of the republic. A number of companies, including "Natali Farm", the biggest exporter of medical drugs, were fined at 50 mln drams.
The total of 134 hospitals and about 300 companies, dealing with export, production and sale of pharmaceuticals, were examined during the second stage of audit by SCPEC. It was cleared out that delivery of pharmaceuticals in 100 out of 134 hospitals was implemented without holding of tenders. This resulted in growth of price for pharmaceuticals almost threefold. For instance, several hospitals purchased "Ceftriaxone" for 850 drams, although its true price is 190 drams. Other violations were also fixed.
The majority of violations were registered in the regions of the republic, especially Shirak and Lori regions.
The SCPEC has adopted a decision to transfer materials of the audit to Prosecutor General's Office of Armenia.