Bolivia: a Project to Rationalize the Essential Drugs Supply System. Essential Drugs Monitor No. 008 (1989)
(1989; 1 page)


After two failed attempts at improving drug supply, the government of Bolivia established the National Institute of Medical Supplies (INASME) in 1983 following the creation of a national formulary the previous year. The INASME was to oversee the procurement, supply, distribution, marketing, production and quality assurance of drugs in both public and private sectors. Funds for the Institute came from the Netherlands, the United States and credit from the Central Bank of Bolivia. The INASME ran into problems producing revenue from sales in pharmacies, and in 1986 was converted into the Department of Pharmaceutical and Medical Supplies. Bolivia has no national drug policy and the resulting deficiencies are negatively affecting both sectors. A new plan is proposed to rationalize the essential drugs supply system. The plan has three major components: a comprehensive national drugs policy complete with an essential drugs list, structural changes to the current drug supply system, and a pilot programme to supply essential drugs free of charge to low income groups.

Abstract written by M. Tobin, 2013.

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