Regional integration for the purchase of medications
A project for the joint purchase of medications was presented at the XXIV Meeting of the Health Sectors from Central America and the Dominican Republic.
Friday, January 30, 2009
Proceso Digital reports: "The Honduran Minister of Health, Carlos Aguilar, said that he believes that in the short term they will find a "legal and administrative mechanism that will allow for said purchase" because, he acknowledged, "there are countries that have different legislation" make it hard to have a regional consensus."
After being accepted by the current members, another year is required for the country to become a full member of the Central American Integration System.
Although the bill that regulates the drug prices in Costa Rica, is based on good 'intentions', imposing maximum prices and profits for the pharmaceutical industry is not right.
Central America and the Dominican Republic are negotiating together the purchase of medicines from international laboratories.
The cheapest medicines are found in Nicaragua, while those in Guatemala are the most expensive.
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