Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Members of the city hall of Sao Paulo Brazil visited LIF

     On August 23rd, 2013, members of the city hall of Sao Paulo Brazil visited LIF.
     Vicente Trevas (Deputy Secretary of International Affairs Frederico Assis (General Coordinator of International Affairs, Reinaldo Freitas (Metropolitan Relations Consultant), Pharmacist Dirce Cruz Marques (Technical Coordinator) and Myres Cavalcanti (Mental Health Coordinator) were received by the LIF’s Board of Directors and Managers.
     First, the visitors watched the LIF’s institutional video and they received a lecture about LIF’s history, present and future. Then, the production, quality control and storage areas were shown. 
     Finally, the Sao Pablo’s public servants, LIF’s Managers and the LIF’s Board of Directors shared a lunch where they exchanged their experience.
     “We are interested in signing an agreement of mutual collaboration and in exchanging our experience and strategies of public policies” said Vicente Trevas.

Monday, August 26, 2013

Sildenafil LIF for different uses

     The first 90.000 tablets of Sildenafil 50 mg were delivered to the Public Hospital by the Health Ministry of Santa Fe.
     Sildenafil is the most famous drug used for erectile dysfunction in men but this medicine also has other important uses.
     The first data about the Sildenafil distribution in Santa Fe show that other patients with different pathologies (non erectile dysfunction) consumed this drug. These pathologies were pulmonary hypertension and Raynaud’s syndrome.
     About the erectile dysfunction, all the people that received Sildenafil were between 40 and 60 year old. This data is similar to the preliminary information that said erectile dysfunction affects a 53% of men between the age range of 40 and 60 years old.

LIF will deliver their antibiotics to the Health Ministry of Corrientes again

     LIF will deliver Amoxicillin and Cephalexin antibiotics, tablets and pediatric oral suspension to the Health Ministry of Corrientes Province again.
     In April, 2013, LIF delivered these antibiotics to Corrientes after participating in a bid, where the Health Ministry of Corrientes had decided to buy different medicines.
     In July, 2013, LIF participated in a new bid in which it had the best price for antibiotics.
     The Health Ministry of Corrientes provides medicines to 300 primary healthcare centres.

The Board of directors of the Hospital Iturraspe visited LIF

     On August 14th, the Board of Directors of the Hospital Iturraspe visited LIF. First, they had a meeting with the LIF’s staff members where they watched the LIF’s institutional video.
     Then, the Production, Quality Control and Storage areas were shown to the visitors. 
     Finally, the visitors, LIF’s Managers and the LIF’s Board of Directors shared a lunch where they exchanged their experiences of this visit.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Public production of Sildenafil

    LIF has recently produced the first 200.000 tablets of Sildenafil 50 mg.    

    Thus, the Health Ministry of Santa Fe delivers the drug for free to patients who are under medical control and who present the recipe at the public hospitals. 
    This is the first time that Sildenafil has a state brand in Argentina. 
    Sildenafil is the most famous drug used for erectile dysfunction in men. This pathology is often associated with other previous illnesses such as diabetes and hypertension.
    The Health Ministry wants to promote the rational use of sildenafil because it is frequently used by younger men who don’t have problems of erectile dysfunction. Also, the Health Ministry wants to know the reason or origin of this pathology in those patients who need to use this drug.

Monday, August 12, 2013

Demand Management System

    In July 2005, LIF created a Demand Management System (SISGEDEM: Sistema de GestiĆ³n de la Demanda).
    This system has information about the quantity and the prices of all medicines used by the Health public System in Santa Fe province since July 2005.
    The system receives quantity and prices of medicines used in twenty-one hospitals that represent the 53% of the total of the provincial hospitals. Then, the system extrapolates this information to 100%.

    This database has information about:
· medicines bought by the Health Ministry (central level); 
· medicines bought by every hospital (local level),
· medicines delivered by LIF and LEM (public production of medicines),
· medicines delivered by national programs.

    SISGEDEM is an essential database for consulting information about medicines and for the decision making of buying or producing drugs for being delivered.

    SISGEDEM gives eleven possible customized reports. Some of them are:

· consumer ranking by drug,
· price ranking, 
· ATC classification of drugs, 
· And consumer ranking by hospital.