Medicine Purchases in Guatemala

Foro Guatemala has asked the Government to strengthen the mechanisms for transparency in procurement of medicines for the state.

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Representatives from Foro Guatemala met with President Otto Perez, who was asked for more transparency in various fields, including medicine purchases for the state.

"... It is important to have more effectiveness in those areas where the issue of transparency has become more evident, for example the purchase of medicines and supplies for the health sector," said Renzo Rosal, member of Foro Guatemala.

Rosal said they must start "clarifying in which case open contracts apply, what the technical justifications for doing so are, what are the circumstances where the new models in the Purchasing and Contracting Act apply."

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January 2014

The Guatemalan government has extended until December the term of three contracts for the supply of medical supplies.

The first contract was extended by the Ministry of Finance and aims to acquire "products for oral and parenteral nutrition, contrast media, liquids and electrolytes, antiseptics, master formulas, vitamins and other products", reported

Honduras to Change Medicine Purchases

March 2012

The country is to implement a so-called "reverse auctions" and price catalogs, with which they intend to save $12 million a year.

The authorities want to replicate a method practiced in Colombia which has enabled "extraordinary" savings, lowering prices by up to 40%, said the Honduran Minister of Health, Arturo Bendaña.

Drug Procurement Contracts Canceled

February 2012

Four tenders for the procurement of medicines have been canceled in Guatemala, on the grounds that they were approved by the outgoing government a few days before the change of command.

The Ministry of Finance reported on the cancellation of 4 tenders for the supply of medicines via open contract.

Guatemala to Buy Medicines Without Tender

January 2012

Urgent measures taken by the new government who declared the health system in a "state of calamity" , have sparked controversy in Guatemala, although conflicting accounts are emerging.

A few days after Otto Perez Molina assumed the executive office, the Ministry of Health of Guatemala said it would buy a lot of medicines worth Q70 million ($ 9 million), without a tender, in order to meet the urgent need for drugs and supplies in the public health system, although the Ministry of Finance has denied that such a mechanism would be adopted.

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