There is a shortage of medicines in Colombia: most affected diseases

Supersalud will force the EPS to ensure a supply of medicines

The controversy over the shortage of medicines continues. The latest measure was announced by Ulahy Beltranthe Superintendent of Health and who announced that the super healthwill pronounce this Wednesday, March 29, on the responsibility of the insurers of the contributory, subsidized and special regime in the face of the situation that arises due to the flow of medicines in the country“.

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Additionally, Ulahy said that in this statement the precise instructions, with a mandatory natureto the Health Promotion Entities (EPS), to guarantee the timely flow of resources to public and private service providers“.

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Those who do not comply with this obligation, will be subject to the corresponding sanctions that the regulations establish”added the superintendent.

To which must be added that on March 21, the attorney ordered to open a preliminary investigation against officials to be determined from the Ministry of Health and Social Protection, and the Institute for Food and Drug Surveillance, Invimadue to the alleged omission of measures against the possible shortage of some medicines in the country.

The control entity has made requests to the minister of the portfolio and the director of the Institute about the problems that arise for members of the general social security system due to the shortage of supplies, and requested information about the measures adopted to address the situation, which even produced the declaration of health alert“, assures the document of the investigative entity.

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That same day, the Minister of Health and Social Protection, Carolina Corcho, mentioned that the EPS have influenced the phenomenon of drug shortages. She affirmed in Valle del Cauca that “many medicines are in the commercial channel and strangely they are not in the institutional channel“.

Additionally, Francisco Rossihe left his position in the direction of Invima and, although there is no direct relationship with the shortage, his departure occurred in the middle of the debate.


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