Drug Procurement Contracts Canceled

Four tenders for the procurement of medicines have been canceled in Guatemala, on the grounds that they were approved by the outgoing government a few days before the change of command.

Friday, February 10, 2012

The Ministry of Finance reported on the cancellation of 4 tenders for the supply of medicines via open contract.

The official argument holds that the tender was published on November 23rd , 2011 and the submission of tenders took place on 12th and 13th of January 2012, a very short time before the change of command, which took place on 14th January.

However, as reported in an article in Periodico.com.gt., three adjudication events attest that the contracts were endorsed on 1st February and a fourth was adopted on 3rd February.

Neither the Ministry of Finance and nor the Ministry of Health have revealed any further details.

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Cancellation of Contracts and Controversy over Pharmaceuticals

February 2012

The Union of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers in Guatemala is protesting over the cancellation of purchases processed at the end of the previous government, and the start of the current one.

The Union of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers (Grefarma) declared its opposition to the rescindment of open contracts for drug purchases by the Finance Minister Pavel Centeno.

Decision Reversed on Drug Purchases

February 2012

The Finance Minister has rescinded a resolution which annulled the awards for four major drug purchases, which were awarded without having been part of a tender process.

The pressure exerted by the Social Security Institute (IGSS in Spanish) was instrumental in Finance Minister Pavel Rye’s u-turn, in the case of contracts totaling $256 million.

Suspended Medical Purchases Reactivated

June 2012

The Ministry of Finance in Guatemala has reactivated procurement procedures for medicines which had been suspended due to allegations of improprieties in the process.

On the basis of a possible shortage of medicines in the Social Security Institute (IGSS), the Ministry of Finance (Mifin), has revived the purchase of medicines, rejecting appeals by several companies that had reported defects in the process.

$38 million Drug Purchase Contracts Extended

December 2012

The Government of Guatemala has extended for another year three out of the four packages of drug purchases worth approximately $38 million.

The head of the Ministry of Health stated that formulating the tender documents will take approximately six months. "First we had to supply the system with drugs, and thank God that has been done.

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