Deadline to Regulate Drug Sales

The Ministry of Health of Guatemala published in the Official Newspaper the agreement that regulates the commercialization of antibiotics and ophthalmological steroids, and granted 30 days for pharmacies to begin to implement the restrictions.

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

The regulation that will begin to govern was approved by the Ministry of Public Health and Social Assistance (MSPAS) on August 7, and stipulates that antimicrobial drugs (oral and parenteral antibiotics) and ophthalmic steroids, must be sold after being prescribed. See full agreement.

Although Ministerial Agreement 181-2019, which gives life to the Regulations for the Regulation of Prescription Medicines, was published in the September 18 edition of the Diario de Centroamérica, the restriction has not yet come into effect.

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Prensalibre.com reports that "... the Social Communication office of the ministry reported that the authorities have decided to give a month to public and private pharmacies to start implementing it. After this month they will begin with national inspections to verify compliance."

Sucely Girón, from MSPAS's Social Communications office, indicated that "... there are already some pharmacies that have notified their clients that they will not sell any type of antibiotic without a doctor's prescription."

This regulation has been involved in controversy, since some deputies of the Congress of the Republic ask that the agreement be repealed, arguing that the measure is not appropriate in a context where health services do not manage to cover the entire population.

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