The supply of medicines in Mexico is guaranteed until the first half of 2022, reported this Friday the Health Secretary, after the president Andrés Manuel López Obrador require health authorities to solve persistent shortage problems.
The Institute of Health for Wellbeing (Insabi) and the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) reported in a statement that they “continue the delivery of medicines and healing materials for the year 2021 and that supply is guaranteed for the first semester of 2022“.
Since January of this year, “a sustained supply of medicines has been maintained in the country’s entities. As of November 5, 221 million 387,000 pieces have been delivered to logistics operators for final distribution,” it was added.
The health authorities are also finalizing a strategy and an action plan to launch “soon” an international public tender that will include purchases for the second half of 2022.
The participation of pharmaceutical industry associations and embassies of Germany, Colombia, Korea, Denmark, the United States, France and Japan is expected in the contest, the statement said.
Last Wednesday López Obrador demanded that the Mexican health authorities put an end to the problems of drug shortages, which have sparked numerous protests.
“We already have to finish solving the supply problem, this is for Juan Ferrer (director of Insabi), this is for doctor (Jorge) Alcocer (secretary of Health). I no longer want to hear about the lack of medications and I do not want excuses of any kind, “attacked the president.
“We will not be calm until there is not enough supply of medicines, all medicines, even the most difficult to obtain. That is why the possibility of buying medicines worldwide was opened, there are no longer excuses,” he insisted.
The shortage has affected patients with various diseases, from mental to immunodeficiencies.
Last Tuesday, parents of children with cancer closed traffic on an avenue that leads to terminal 1 of the Mexico City International Airport (AICM), and warned that every Tuesday they will blockade until the timely provision of medicines is guaranteed.