Changes in Medication Purchases

Arguing that the expected therapeutic effects were not proven, the Social Security of Guatemala decided to remove 107 medicines from the Basic List of Medicines.

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

On October 10th the Board of Directors of the Guatemalan Institute of Social Security (IGSS) announced the approval of the new Basic List of Medicines, which excludes some vitamins, antidepressants and painkillers.

Elperiodico.com.gt reports that "... The tablet with code 10411 is one of those excluded from the basic list. It is composed of 19 vitamins, among which are: arginine aspartate, caffeine, ginkgo biloba, Korean ginseng and brewer's yeast. The Basic List of Medicines is used to make the most expensive purchases in the IGSS and serves as the basis for medical prescriptions."

José María del Valle, coordinator of the Central Therapeutic Commission of the IGSS, explained that "... The tablet was taken off the list because it could not be scientifically demonstrated that it fulfilled its function as an antioxidant and protector of the cells of those who ingested it. "It's like a false sense that something is being given to patients, but it's not. They don't have a real therapeutic effect. Despite the change in the listing, the IGSS continues to buy the code and several tender events are underway."

See IGSS press release.

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