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."

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