Guatemala: Drug and Chemical Imports Suspended

Due to a Union dispute the control area of ​​medicines and related products remains closed, preventing the import of chemicals and drugs.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

The National Health Laboratory Services and the Food and Drug counter at the Ministry of Health are also closed. This situation affects the private sector, as there is no ability to complete the paperwork for "... importing of manufactured drugs, affecting not only the chemicals and pharmaceutical industry, but also food, sugar mills, agrochemicals, etc. . Fernando López, president of the Chamber of Industry of Guatemala (CIG), reported that if this situation continues losses could amount to $100 thousand (about Q776 thousand). "

Gerson Valenzuela, a provider of medicines, told that "... the closure has delayed the arrival of drugs into the country, but for the moment there is a supply in storage, but this could lead to a shortage of these products."

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