The Department of Pharmacy and Drugs of the Minsa explained that the certificate of free sale is one of the requirements to market the vaccine against covid-19.
Although the Minister of Health of Panama, Luis Sucre
said that private companies that meet the requirements can bring vaccines
-19 to the country, the Directorate of Pharmacy and Drugs of the Ministry of Health (Minsa
) clarified that one of those requirements for marketing the vaccine
is the certificate of free sale, which is not yet available.
Elvia Lau, National Director of Pharmacy and Drugs of the Minsa
, explained that at the moment none of the vaccines
-19 authorized for emergency use have this certificate for sale and stressed that vaccination is free.
In case the minister (Luis Sucre
) decides that a private hospital can apply it, it has to be on the condition that it is free, she said.
He recalled that Executive Decree No. 99 of February 15, 2021 allows the Directorate of Pharmacy and Drugs to issue, after evaluation of the file, authorizations for emergency use of vaccines
To date, the Department of Pharmacy and Drugs of the Minsa
has authorized the emergency use of four vaccines
in Panama: Pfizer
, Sputnik V and CoronaVac.
Lau indicated that a regulatory framework must be created to accept the cooperation of private companies.
It is true that there are other countries that have allowed private companies to collaborate with this management, however it must be remembered that they do so in a way that can be called altruistic because they import it (the vaccine
) and have to apply it for free, she said
Among other requirements that must be met are good transport, storage and dispensing practices, and they must be applied by qualified personnel.