Hundreds of Sanitary Registrations in Costa Rica Delayed

The indispensable procedure for the registration of medicines, medical equipment, cosmetics and food takes up to four months at the Department of Health.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Currently, more than three thousand cases are in different phases of the procedure, [all] which are delayed, according to the officials of the Department, due to problems of server capacity where the software registration functions are, invasion by computer viruses, and lack of personnel.

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Costa Rica to Spend $137 million on Medical Equipment

September 2016

In the 2017 budget approved for the Costa Rican Social Security Department an additional $270 million has been allocated for drugs, and $95 million for infrastructure.

From a statement issued by the Costa Rican Social Security Department (CCSS):

Announcement of $61 million Purchase of Medical Equipment

October 2013

The Social Security Department is going to purchase anaesthesia machines, scanners and MRI machines between 2014 and 2018.

This was revealed in the data managed by Infrastructure Management and Technology of the Social Security Department (CCSS). The 120 anaesthesia machines will be purchased in 2014, while the scanners for hospitals Mexico, Calderon Guardia and San Juan de Dios will be acquired in 2017.

ATEK Medical Inaugurates Plant in Costa Rica

March 2009

The plant produces medical cardiovascular applications equipment and currently employs 65 people.

The facility is located 14 kilometers north of San Jose in the Metro Free Trade Zone in Heredia and has 3,000 square feet of space.

In a press release, the company, a subsidiary of ATEK Companies, a U.S. manufacturing consortium in several industries, has announced plans to employ 150 or more people in the future.

Up to 10 months to Register a Medicine

July 2011

More than 1,000 drugs must wait 10 months to get a health certificate of registration granted by the Costa Rican Ministry of Health.

Health Ministry figures show that there are currently 1215 different drug applications awaiting registration.

The delay in registration is mainly due to the rejection of about 80% of the applications received for lacking the required information, said Arias Xinia from the Customer Service department at the Ministry of Health.

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