Panama: Extension of Registrations for Medicines

In order to solve the problem of shortages, health registrations will be automatically extended for pharmaceuticals expiring this month.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

The president of the Chamber of Commerce, Industries and Agriculture in Panama said that "... '[Ministers] told us they welcomed the proposal by the Chamber of Commerce to extend the health records of drugs that are expiring between August 14 2016 and August 15 2017. [This includes] all records of medicines already being marketed in Panama and whose formula has not changed.'" reports that "...In this way, continued the entrepreneur, the Department of Pharmacy and Drugs at the MoH will "focus on new drugs that are needed and significantly lower the delay in the granting of permits".

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Medicines: Changes Approved in Panamanian Market

October 2019

In the third debate, the Assembly approved a bill establishing that the government may make exceptions to the sanitary registration of pharmaceutical products in situations of critical shortage.

At the same time, it empowers the Ministry of Health to purchase medicines under the criteria established by the World Health Organization (WHO), which will allow that when local agents do not participate in the sale, it will be possible to go through international agents, informed the National Assembly on October 3.

Medications: Changes Proposed in Panama

August 2019

The most important change proposed by the authorities is to make exceptions to the health registration of pharmaceutical products in situations of critical shortage.

After receiving the approval from the Cabinet Council, it is expected that next week, the Minister of Health, Rosario Turner Montenegro, will present before the National Assembly the Draft Law, which seeks to amend Law 1 on Medicines.

Delays in Medicine Registration

December 2018

Guatemala's pharmaceutical sector is demanding delays in the authorization of medicines, since it is estimated that more than a thousand dossiers are waiting for the endorsement to be legally commercialized in the country.

According to authorities of the College of Pharmacists and Chemists of Guatemala, the Department of Regulation and Control of Pharmaceuticals and Related Products of the Ministry of Public Health and Social Assistance (MSPAS) has been operating irregularly since January 2017, when its former headquarters located in zone 15 of Guatemala City caught fire.

Panama: Delays in Sanitary Registration

February 2013

Registering a generic medicine takes 180 days, and the registration process for a new drug can take up to nine months.

And because of errors in the software planned to be implemented, the operation of a digital platform to perform sanitary registrations will be set back until 2014.

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