Thursday, October 18, 2018

Members of IPAS Visited LIF

Two members of this international organization met with Directors and explored the facilities.

LIF’s Directors Jorge Stettler, Guillermo Cleti and Carlos Arques received Karen Padilla (Program Manager for IPAS Latin America) and Guillermo Ortíz (IPAS Advisor Physician).

They had a meeting where Leonardo Martínez (Subsecretary of Territorial Management of 1st and 2nd Level of Santa Fe´s Healthcare), Members of the Human Rights Secretary, CEMAFE*, Horacio Coutaz (LIF’s Trustee) and Roberto Ganin (LIF’s General Manager) also participated.

IPAS is an international organization focused on expanding access to safe abortion and contraceptive care, and to ending unsafe abortion.

“We are an international organization and work to promote the protection and respect the sexual and reproductive health as well as the women’s reproductive rights. We have a collaborative agreement with Santa Fe province to help and to give technical assistance to improve the abortion comprehensive care”, expressed Karen Padilla.

After meeting, the visitors could explore the different facilities.

*CEMAFE: Centro Médico Ambulatorio de Santa Fe (Outpatient Medical Center of Santa Fe)

Friday, October 5, 2018

LIF’s Directors Met with Ph.D. Dohyeong Kim from University of Texas in Dallas

He is a well-known researcher from Korea. Today, he works at the University of Texas. He met with Directors and explored the facilities.

LIF’s Board of Directors: Carlos Arques, Diego Bruno, Jorge Stettler and Guillermo Cleti; Horacio Coutaz, Trustee, and Roberto Ganin, General Manager welcomed Dohyeong Kim and had a meeting where they exchanged information about the public production of medicines, as well as the different researches that Kim has been making.

Dohyeong Kim specializes in administration, planning and public politics. He is Associate Professor at the University of Texas in Dallas. He has a Master´s degree in Public Administration and Planing, and a Doctorate in Urban Planning and Health Politics by the University of North Carolina.

After meeting, the visitor explored the facilities together with Roberto Ganin.

Monday, October 1, 2018

LIF Has Started to Provide Opioids to the National Government Again

Methadone and morphine for different hospitals around Argentina. Palliative care and public production of medicines: two firm state policies in Santa Fe province.

LIF provided a first amount of opioids to the National Government through an agreement with Instituto Nacional de Cáncer* (INC).

INC will distribute these medicines around the country in different hospitals with palliative care service.

Methadone 5 mg (150.000 tablets) and morphine 10 mg (1.150.000 tablets) were the amounts delivered by LIF. Before the end of the year, LIF must provide a similar quantity of these two drugs to complete the agreement.

It is important to highlight that this LIF’s production has a price between 30% and 50% of the cheaper one of the pharmaceutical market, and due to this, Santa Fe province contributes through this firm state policy to the national policies for fighting cancer.

The Banco Nacional de Drogas Oncológicas is the place where INC storages the medicines. Then, from there the drugs will be delivered to the different hospitals around the country.

This is the second stage of the Pilot Program to provide drugs for pain treatment in patients with active, progressive and advanced diseases.

The first stage was between 2014 and 2016. In that moment, LIF provided directly more than one million tablets (methadone and morphine) in different hospitals in Argentina.

*Instituto Nacional de Cáncer (INC): National Institute of Cancer.