Guatemala: Extension of Drugs Contracts Continues

The government has extended for another year three open contracts for the provision of medical supplies, which should have expired in 2010.

Friday, December 6, 2013

Three ministerial agreements published in the Diario de Centro America explain that the measure was taken to avoid the shortage of drugs such as "analgesics and anti-inflammatories, antacids, antiemetics, anti-flatulents, enzymes, laxatives, oral nutrition, muscle relaxants, antihypertensives, anti-infectious, and antiseptics ... ", reported Prensalibre.com.

The contracts were extended for 12 months from 26th and 27th November 2013 and were required by the Ministry of Health, the Guatemalan Institute of Social Security and the Ministry of Defense for the Military Medical Center.



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Guatemala's government is still extending contracts for the provision of medical supplies signed in the years 2005 to 2009, without calling for new tenders.

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$38 million Drug Purchase Contracts Extended

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The Government of Guatemala has extended for another year three out of the four packages of drug purchases worth approximately $38 million.

The head of the Ministry of Health stated that formulating the tender documents will take approximately six months. "First we had to supply the system with drugs, and thank God that has been done.

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