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Cuban government calls for greater control of prescription drugs

Cuban government calls for greater control of prescription drugsHAVANA, Cuba, Jul 9 (ACN) Roberto Morales Ojeda, vice-president of the Councils of State and Ministers, made a call to have greater control on prescription drugs to avoid shortages and crimes related to illegal marketing.

Before the deputies of the Health and Sports Commission of the National Assembly of People's Power, the vice-president insisted on the need to achieve greater control in the prescription of drugs for which, he stressed, it is essential the participation of all structures, from the polyclinics, hospitals, to the pharmacies.
Morales Ojeda stressed that in the midst of the intensification of the U.S. blockade, the battle is to ensure that the 619 products that are currently part of the basic charters are present in the pharmacy most of the time.
Although there is a trend towards improvement, it is still not enough, said the Cuban vice-president, who stressed that it is a priority of the country's top management to guarantee the population medicines, which are subsidized by the state.
José Ángel Portal Miranda, Minister of Public Health (Minsap) explained that the basic table of medicines was temporarily adjusted to guarantee those that respond to the morbidity structure of Cubans and all the pharmacological groups are covered for the attention of illnesses.
We are implacable before the diversion of resources in the corresponding instances to the process of production and sale of medicines, because unscrupulous people cannot profit at the expense of the health of the needy, remarked the Minister.
In the afternoon session in this parliamentary group, Dr. Emilio Delgado, national director of Medicines and Technologies of Minsap, explained about the compliance with the measures implemented to minimize the impact of the lack and low coverage of medicines.
"It was necessary to adjust the financing plan to operate in 2019 and from there, we renegotiated the payment of credits by the International Financial Bank for 2020, we increased exports to third markets by at least 25 million dollars in the remainder of the year," he said.
It also meant re-evaluating the production of various BioCubaFarma inputs and developing the program for the production of medicines that were once produced in the country (62) and that have been imported for some time.
He also said that the plan approved for the 91 drugs on the control card was evaluated, especially 12 that represent 65 percent of the total registrations to ensure their availability and necessary coverage, including enalapril, atenolol, metformin, insulin and omeprazole.
He clarified that Cuba has 85 controlled medications (by control card) of which three million three thousand 906 patients are served.
Faced with this situation, the Minsap adopted measures and therefore authorized the dispensing of some controlled drugs with double presentation, regardless of stocks in pharmacies, and prioritized the aspirin of 500 milligrams indicated by this route, he stressed.
Among other measures, the certificates for medicines in pharmacies were also reviewed with the participation of family doctors and nurses, and we ensured the improvement of the conciliations with the industry for production, said the official.
There was also an increase in the control of medicines in the network of pharmacies and care units, which led to the application of disciplinary measures, as well as the training of workers in these establishments.
Emilio Delgado said that also as an alternative for medical care were increased to 170 lines of natural products and 80 to 90 million units to produce.

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