Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Meeting at the Health Ministry of Mendoza Province

LIF’s and LEM’s members participated in a meeting with Health Ministry’s civil servants from Mendoza province. They progressed in reaching an agreement.

     LIF’s Directors: Carlos Arques, Diego Bruno and César Daniel Salomón had a meeting with Oscar Zagas, Health Sub Secretary.
     In this meeting also participated Cecilia Orueta, Pharmacy Director; Viviana Yuvel, Administration Director; Marité Miranda y Andrea Silva, Pharmacology Direction’s members; Cecilia Cejas, Planning Department Director and Marcelo Rujana, LEM’s Administration.
     They talked about an agreement of mutual collaboration and assistance in the production of medicines between Mendoza and Santa Fe.
     Mendoza’s Health Ministry had a project to produce medicines through a public laboratory (LAPROMED*). This laboratory might start working in 2017. LIF and LEM(+) could an important participation such as advisors.
     Finally, LIF and LEM members offered their medicine portfolio to provide in public healthcare centers of Mendoza.

(+)LEM: Laboratorio de Especialidades Medicinales de la Municipalidad de Rosario - Medicines Specialties Laboratory of Rosario’s Municipality.
*LAPROMED: public laboratory of medicines from Mendoza province.

New Administration Area’s opening ceremony

     Carlos Fascendini (Santa Fe’s Vice Governor) and Miguel González (Santa Fe’s Health Minister) participated at the open ceremony of the new building of LIF’s Administration Area.
     The meeting took place at the LIF’s headquarters where Eduardo Matozo (Santa Fe’s Science and Technology Minister); LIF’s Board of Directors: Carlos Arques, Guillermo Cleti, Diego Bruno and  Daniel Salomón; Roberto Ganin (LIF’s General Manager); Carlos Minatti (LIF’s Trustee) also attended.
     This first stage started in 2014 and it required $10 million (ARG). The building has 400 square meter and twenty two job positions.
     The second stage will start in October when LIF will request a new bidding to build the top floor sector where there will be more offices.
Budget of Santa Fe province and National Government.
     For this building LIF invested $10 millions (ARG) of which $3 millions were contributed by National Government through an agreement between LIF and National Institute of Cancer. Due to this, LIF researched, produced and delivered methadone and morphine tablets in different hospitals.
     Methadone and morphine are drugs for pain treatment in patients with active, progressive and advanced diseases.

LIF participated in the IV CLAMME

     LIF participated in the IV “Congreso Latinoamericano de Microbiologìa de Medicamentos y Cosméticos” (CLAMME). 
     It took place in Rosario.
Biochemist Lisandro Zili gave a lecture on Public Production of Medicines.
     First, Zili presented the idea that The State must act as guarantee to the access to health; second, he also claimed that citizens must be granted medicines as a social right; third he stated that Management must be transparent. Last, technological innovations and new challenges were also some topics explained by Zili.
     Finally, he finished the lecture speaking about quality control and microbiology techniques.

Lecture in Ramos Mejía

     On October 14th LIF’s Directors Carlos Arques and César Daniel Salomón attended to a meeting organized by the Directive Committee of the “Casa de Auxilio de Ramos Mejía”.
     Arques and Salomón give a lecture on Santa Fe´s Health Public System and present and future history of the public production of medicines.
Antonio Bonfatti, Chamber of Deputies’ President of Santa Fe, also participated and gave a lecture in the meeting.
     “Casa de Auxilio de Ramos Mejía” is a non governmental organisation (NGO) that does not receive any state and private subsidy. It works in collaboration with the neighbours and due to this they can invest in buildings and new equipments for healthcare.

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Civil servants from Brazil visited LIF

     Civil servants from San Pablo, Brazil visited LIF. They are studying a master’s degree in Administration in the “Universidad Nacional de San Pablo, Brasil”.
     The meeting was organized by the Master’s Degree in Administration of the “Facultad de Ciencias Económicas - UNL”, as an exchange activity between both Schools.
     First, LIF’s Board of Directors welcomed the visitors.
     Then, José Berardo and Federico Lanche Bode, LIF’s staff members, gave a lecture about LIF’s planning model.
     Finally, the LIF’s facilities were shown to the foreign visitors.

Teachers of the “Escuela Técnica (Technical School) Nº 527 - Bicentenario de la Patria” visited LIF

Seven teachers from the “Escuela Técnica Nº 527 - Bicentenario de la Patria” visited LIF.

     The main objective for them was to know the place where their students make the practice in the last year prior to graduation.
     First, they watched the institutional video in the MUR and then visited the LIF’s facilities.
     Silvina Mugni, Leandro De Greef, Edgardo Ramírez, Facundo Arques and Melina Uriarte (LIF’s staff members) participated in this meeting.

LIF and LEM offered the best prices in the international tender of the National Health Ministry

It was in the international public tender N° 04/16 to buy essential medicines for Healthcare Primary.

     LIF and LEM* participated in the international public tender N° 04/16. This tender was organized by Nation’s Health Ministry to buy essential medicines for Healthcare Primary.
     The bid took place on August 18th, 2016, at National Health Ministry’s headquarters, in Buenos Aires city.
     LIF offered the best price for Metformin 500 mg (10.119.708 tablets).
     On the other hand, LEM offered the best prices for Betamethasone LEM 0,1% x 15 gr (347.189 tubes) and Miconazole LEM x 15 gr (408.372 tubes). Both in cream.
     National Health Ministry organized this tender through the Health Universal Coverage than it is a program to promote the Primary Healthcare.

     LIF and LEM are usual providers of medicines of the National Health Ministry through public tenders and direct purchases between both states.
     Since 2008, LIF has delivered more than 150.000.000 of tablets. Paracetamol, Amoxicillin, Cefalexin, Metformin, Glibenclamide and Enalapril were some of the LIF’s medicines produced.
     On the other hand, since 2009, LEM has delivered more than 2.700.000 tubes. Betametasone LEM 0,1% x 15 gr. and Miconazole LEM x 15 gr were the LEM´s medicines produced.

*LEM: Laboratorio de Especialidades Medicinales Sociedad del Estado de la Municipalidad de Rosario - Medicinal Specialties Laboratory, State Sociaity from Rosario Town Hall.