Friday, August 24, 2018

LIF Is Already Providing Medicines for TB Treatments

Medicines for tuberculosis (TB) treatments were developed and produced in the new LIF’s area. Santa Fe is pioneer in this field and could solve the lack of medicines through their public production.

Few months after the inauguration of the new developed and production area, LIF has started producing medicines for tuberculosis (TB) treatments.

In the last two months, LIF has provided Santa Fe’s healthcare public system with 90.000 tablets of three drugs such as: Isoniazid 100 mg, Isoniazid 300 mg and Ethambutol 400 mg.

TB drugs are often provided by the National Health Ministry, but this activity was discontinued in the last months due to different issues in the last tender.

Santa Fe province could guarantee the access to the medicines for the patients through their public production.

“Today, LIF’s TB drugs production is a solution for Santa Fe province, but we will reach the national approval by ANMAT* and therefore we could have these drugs available for other provinces”, expressed Guillermo Cleti.

Rifampicin + Isoniazid (double combined tablet) and Rifampicin + Isoniazid + Pyrazinamide (triple combined tablet) are being processed by the typical stability studies. In view of this, the combined tablets will probably be available in the next year.

TB drugs production is an important progress for LIF, as well as an example of why it is necessary that the State has a tool like public production, and consequently gives a solution for the population so that they can access medicines.

*ANMAT: Administración Nacional de Medicamentos, Alimentos y Tecnología Médica. (National Regulatory Agency for medicines, food and medical devices).

Thursday, August 2, 2018

Students of “Antonia María Verna" School Visited LIF

More than 100 students visited LIF. They received information about public production of medicines and explored the facilities.
During June, 101 students of 5th year of the “Antonia María Verna" school attended LIF. They received information about public production of medicines, quality control, financing and human resources management through different lectures.
This school has three different specialisations, such as: economy, natural sciences and human studies. After the lectures, they went around LIF’s facilities.

Thursday, July 26, 2018

Health Staff Members from Reconquista Nodo Visited LIF

Health professionals and staff members of administration areas from different cities and towns of Reconquista Nodo participated in this activity, which included a lecture and a tour on the facilities.

Hospital directors, physicians, pharmacists, nurses and administrative employees arrived at LIF with the objective of knowing about public production of medicine, as well as exploring the different LIF’s areas.

Luciana Ramoa (Reconquista Nodo’s director) and Daniela Sponton (Coordinator of Medicines of Reconquista Nodo) led the delegation.

Intiyaco, Tartagal, Vera, Romang, Las Tostas, Florencia, Reconquista, Villa Ocampo, Avellaneda and Arrollo Ceibal were the places from where they arrived.

First, LIF’s Board of Directors welcomed the visitors and then LIF’s Communication Area led the different activities.

“We promote an important politics through which we want to open LIF to the community and everyone can know how LIF produces and controls its medicines”, expressed Guillermo Cleti (LIF’s Director)

Reconquista Nodo (Region No. 1)

The Region No. 1 has its Nodo in Reconquista city. It is located in the Northeast of Santa Fe province. It limits with Chaco province (North); with Corrientes province (East); with Region No. 2 (West) and with Region No. 3 (South).

The Region includes the departments: General Obligado, San Javier and Vera.

Former Deputy Ricardo Dorato Visited LIF

Ricardo Dorato was the author of an essential law to start to organize LIF. Thirty years after its enforcement, he explored the facilities and met with directors.

In 1987, Ricardo Dorato was a provincial Deputy who presented a law project in the Lower House of Provincial Congress. This project proposed to create the Laboratorio Productor de Fármacos Medicinales (LPFM) into the zone of influence of the Health Ministry.

While it is true that LIF has existed and operated since 1947, its activity hasn’t satisfied the Health Ministry’s demands.

Public institutions like LIF had been abandoned until 1983 after seven years (1976 - 1983) of military dictatorship where a lot state’s capacities were reduced to the minimum. Due to this, private production of consumer goods and services for the population were the main objectives.

The new law (Dorato’s law) gave the legal framework to improve LIF’s capacities and to promote more medicines production after the restoration of the democracy.

Producing medicines to provide to hospitals, with a low cost, without intermediaries and marketing were the main objectives in the Law N° 10.069, as well as the incorporation of more technology to increase LIF’s production volume and guarantee the quality of its medicines.

LIF’s Board of Directors: Diego Bruno, Jorge Stettler, Guillermo Cleti and Carlos Arques; Horacio Coutaz (Trustee) and Roberto Ganin (General Manager) received Ricardo Dorato and his son Sandro.

First, the visitors met with LIF’s Board of Directors and then they explored LIF’s facilities.

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Medicines Public Tender at LIF

A new medicines procurement bidding took place at LIF for three days. More than 90 drugs were required.

     On May 4th, 7th and 8th the medicines procurement tender took place at LIF. These medicines will be delivered in healthcare institutions of Santa Fe province.
     Hormone injections, tablets, insulins, different injectable drugs, liquid oral administration medicines and creams were the different dosage forms.
     The initial budget for this tender was $ 87.985.459,66.- (ARG) to purchase 95 different drugs.
     This activity was led by DIF’s staff members.
     DIF (Droguería Industrial Farmacéutica) is a LIF’s area to purchase medicines and where the Health Ministry of Santa Fe also participated through the “Red de Medicamentos y Tecnología Farmacéutica” and “Secretaría de Administración”.
     The main objective of this activity is optimize the drug procurement system, as well as the expenditure control, neutralise the price dispersion and improve through the scale economy.

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Members from Different Organizations of Cañada de Gómez City Visited LIF

They explored the facilities and received information about public productions of medicines.
     Members from different social organizations, political parties, communes, and civil servants from health, education and disability participated in this meeting.
     Members of the LIF's Communication Area welcomed the visitors and then they watched the LIF’s institutional video.
     Afterwards, the visitors received a lecture about public production of medicines and the different projects that LIF has been developing in the last years.
     Subsequently, the visitors made a guided tour in the different facilities led by LIF’s staff members.
     Finally, the group, LIF’s Directors and staff members shared a lunch and exchanged their experiences.

Staff Members of Sayago Hospital Visited LIF

A group of Sayago Hospital’s staff members explored the different facilities and received a lecture about public production of medicines.  
     Physicians, nurses, secretaries, technicians and psychologists from Sayago Hospital participated in this activity.
     First, LIF’s Directors welcomed the visitors and then they watched the LIF’s institutional video.
     Second, LIF’s Communication Area members gave information about the different activities that LIF has been making in the last years.
     Subsequently, the visitors made a guided tour in the different facilities led by LIF’s staff members.