Honduras Could Privatize Distribution of Medicines

To solve the problems of distributing medicines to hospitals, the Health Ministry may hire a courier company.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

"We have several alternatives and it could be, for example, that transport ... rather than have being done by the Secretariat, be done using a private system, the kind of business that delivers goods," said the chief of Health, Salvador Pineda.

The official explained that the lack of vehicles to deliver drugs has led to them spending a lot of time in storage and therefore there is a shortage, for this reason private distribution would be a good alternative.

"Until now the drugs are purchased, stored, distributed and there is a long chain in which several things can occur and we want to shorten the chain and make sure that the medicines reach their destination," said Pineda.

The minister has still not said how long it could take for this new system to materialize in the country.

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December 2016

The Ministry of Health plans to convene, in 2017, an international public tender for the storage and distribution of medicines.

The decision was made because the Health Ministry does not have the storage capacity in its central warehouse, and as this is an activity that requires technology to store some medicines that require special handling, according to the deputy minister of Health, Sandra Pinel.

Honduras: Distribution of Medicines Could Be Privatized

February 2015

The Ministry of Health is evaluating whether to use private companies to outsource the service of distributing medicines for public hospitals.

Due to the lack of capacity to supply medicines to national hospitals, the Health Ministry has said it plans to privatize the distribution process of the drugs.

Medicine Prices: Better a Trust than a Tender

November 2013

The Government of Honduras has overturned a drug tender for $24.4 million and announced that the purchase will be made through a trust with private banks.

Elheraldo.hn reports that "the purchase was declared unsuccessful based on the State Procurement Act being contrary to national interests in virtue of the fact that it involves the purchase of medicines at a higher price than currently received by the Health Department through a trust with the private banking system".

Honduras to Buy Medicines Abroad

March 2013

The 123 products for which there were no offers in the recent tender, will be purchased abroad through international organizations.

Due to the low participation of bidders (9 out of 32 companies who purchased the bidding rules), only 197 products out of a total of 320 could be offered in a tender issued last week.

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