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Mexico-UN sign agreement on medicines

The agreement was signed with the UNOPS Deputy Regional Director for Latin America and the Caribbean, Giuseppe Mancinelli. The representative of PAHO in Mexico, Cristian Morales Fuhrimann, was present. Photo: Héctor López


The government of Mexico and the United Nations (UN) signed an agreement that will guarantee the supply of medicines in all public hospitals in the country from January of next year.

The agreement was signed directly with the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) and which will be in charge of acquiring medicines from tenders worldwide and thereby accessing better prices and quality, said the president of the Republic, Andrés Manuel López Obrador.

Inform the people of Mexico that the agreement with the United Nations, with the agencies in charge of the United Nations, for the purchase of medicines has already been established. They are going to buy all the medicines from the entire public sector in the world, where good quality medicines are obtained at a good price and where a long-standing problem can be finally solved, ”the President stressed.

Immediately, he revealed that the first order of medicines for 32 billion pesos has already been made, among which preference is given to infectious diseases and cancer treatments, as well as healing materials.

In addition, modifications were made to the law so that globally recognized companies can, in less time, offer medicines in Mexico with the authorizations of their countries of origin.

A modification is made to the laws; In this case, it is a decree to simplify this procedure and those foreign companies that produce medicines, those laboratories that already have records in their countries, can use those records, those authorizations and be recognized in Mexico without the need for any paperwork. That’s the first thing, ”he explained this Thursday at the National Palace.

Within the framework of this signature, the legal adviser to the Presidency of the Republic, Julio Scherer, explained that in the past there were only agreements for the importation of medicines with Australia, Switzerland, the United States, the European Union and Canada.

With the modifications and the agreement with UNOPS, all the countries of the world can participate in the importation of medicines into our country via tenders.

Meanwhile, the Secretary of the Treasury, Arturo Herrera Gutiérrez, explained that in the first order of drugs, a total of 384 keys were requested.


In this regard, Giuseppe Mancinelli, deputy regional director for Latin America and the Caribbean of the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) explained that the acquisitions for the 384 keys include patent medicines, generics, healing materials and the supply multi-year of medicines for the rest of the six-year term.

In the first step, the companies holding patents will be invited to carry out a negotiation that would be concluded in November, the purchase contracts would be signed in the first week of December and this would guarantee the supply from April 2020.

The second large group are prioritized generic and single source drugs and healing materials. Those are also a number of important keys. UNOPS is going to carry out an abbreviated tender, which is short-term, to be able to have an award starting in December and, therefore, production and supply starting in January 2021, ”explained the UN official .

This great tender or this first tender package has to do with… it will allow to cover almost the main medicines for the treatment of cancer and infectious diseases ”, he added.

He anticipated that next week an international tender will be launched to acquire more than 2,100 keys, for generics and healing materials, in which the Mexican market and the international market will be able to participate, so the awards and the corresponding contracts would be concluded in February 2021 and the supply would be in April and throughout the next year.