More Extensions to Medical Contracts in Guatemala

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

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

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 PrensaLibre.com.

The second contract is designed to acquire haematinics, antineoplastics, dermatological products, immunomodulating products, vision products and contrast media.

The last of the contracts is for the purchase of medicines for the nervous system, genitourinary system, fluids and electrolytes, antidotes, respiratory products.



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