US asks for Central American support for medicines

The United States has asked for the support of Central American governments to ensure security in the production of medicines and processed foods.

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

The American request will be made formally during a visit to Panama City of U.S. Health Secretary Michael Leavitt next Thursday. He plans to meet with directors of the Health Ministry as well as customs agents and representatives of the pharmaceutical industry.

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Drug Marketing in Guatemala Regulated

December 2011

The new law punishes the distribution and marketing of counterfeit medicines with sentences of one to ten years.

A press release by the Government of the Republic of Guatemala reads.

This Friday (December 9, 2011) Legislative Decree 28-2011 was published in the Official Journal describing the law on combating the production and marketing of counterfeit drugs, adulterated drugs, counterfeit pharmaceuticals, and forged medical devices and surgical materials.

Latin America Intends to Harmonize Medication Controls

April 2011

Over 100 experts from Latin America and the United States, plus observers from Switzerland, the United Kingdom, Spain and Austria, participated in the III annual conference for pharmaceutical regulation in the region.

The event was organized by the Food and Drug Administration of the U.S. and sponsored by the Panamanian Health Ministry. Participants discussed drug control, registry, verification and supply chain security.

Experts discuss food safety

December 2008

Representatives from 175 countries and international organizations will discuss food safety rules in Guatemala this week.

"We hope to reach important agreements on key topics regarding food safety," said Elizabeth Johnson, US Under-Secretary of Food Safety, at a press conference.

FDA rejects 18 Honduras products

July 2008

The United States Food and Drug Administration has rejected 18 products from Honduras because they were not properly labelled or they fail to comply with phytosanitary requirements.

Robert Armstrong, a U.S. embassy official in Honduras, said the products with entry problems represent a small proportion of the total trade with this country, which has been growing by 20 percent per year.

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