November 22, 2013
FARMACARIBE 2013, Santiago de Cuba
Cubans can count on the availability of medications with 65 percent of the required drugs being produced in the country thanks to local research and scientific development, said the head of the National Pharmaceutical Services Victor Faife, at the FARMACARIBE 2013 scientific forum, which ended today in Santiago de Cuba.
“We need to highlight the achievements of biomedical and pharmaceutical services in the island which has allowed us to include new drugs in the basic portfolio of medications available to the Cuban people and to guarantee in large part the remedies they require,” Faife said
Faife noted, however, that a large number of pharmaceuticals used to treat conditions, such as Diabetes, Cancer and HIV-Aids are being imported and distributed but at very low costs as they are subsidized by the State.
He also mentioned that “currently, we have many challenges in the provision of pharmaceutical services; among them, to develop and enhance Natural and Traditional Medicine, and to produce herbal medicines.”
He praised the province of Santiago de Cuba for the significant contribution made to the production plan for natural medicines and the incorporation of scientists to pharmaceutical care in hospital and community service developments.
Organized by the Cuban Society of Pharmaceutical Sciences and Honorary Chair Antonio Guiteras, Eastern University, among other schools, FARMACARIBE was held in the context of the celebrations of the Day of the Pharmacist in Santiago de Cuba.
Cuban healthcare covers all the people
One month ago, speaking at the 20th Latin American Pharmacy Congress, held in the Cuban capital, Cuban Pharmacy Society President, René Delgado expressed similar sentiments noting that the medicines were not produced to sustain a profitable business in Cuba. Healthcare is public, free and accessible to all, he stated.
President Delgado highlighted the fact that the Cuban health care covers all the people without distinction and that the country is among the first nations in the world to have complied with WHO Health for All objectives.
Pharmacology in Cuba, he stressed, is a discipline with substantial merits, from the teaching and learning process in medicine and pharmacy schools and universities to the necessary dynamic, pre-clinical, in vitro, live and molecular studies leading to revealing the action mechanisms of drugs in development.
The 20th Latin American Pharmacy and Therapeutics Congress, Latinfarma 2013, began in Havana with the participation of nearly 350 delegates from 38 countries, as well as an equal number of Cuban attendants.
The event was aimed at contributing to the development of Pharmacology and Therapeutics in the region, as well as laying the groundwork for strengthening the healthcare systems in Latin America.