What is and how do we prevent antimicrobial resistance?

Some medicines have changed the history of mankind thanks to their ability to kill infections caused by bacteria, without destroying the human body. These are known as antibiotics and their function is to prevent bacteria from reproducing inside the body and to eliminate those that remain in it. Although bacteria have been around longer than…

Fundamental characteristics of strong regulatory systems

“Why is it important to strengthen a regulatory system?” This was the question with which Fedefarma began its virtual meeting on October 21st. This meeting focused on the essential principles for strengthening regulatory systems in Latin America. In short, the answer is that a strong regulatory system is good for patients, because it will allow…

Keys to updating the APEC code of ethics

Anyone who has worked in the pharmaceutical industry knows the “Mexico City Principles”, proposed by the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC), which includes countries like the United States, China, Canada and Chile. This agreement has been in place since 2011 and it has created ethical awareness and has shown the importance of partnerships within the industry.…

The pharmaceutical industry has proved to trigger development

“2020 is not only the year of the pandemic, it is also the year of responsibility, integrity, sustainability and solidarity,” announced Irma Egoavil, President of the Mexican Association of Pharmaceutical Research Industries (AMIIF), in a statement on October 28th. Besides reacting quickly to the appearance of coronavirus in Mexico, AMIIF managed to find opportunities during…

Science behind orphan diseases

Just a few decades ago, some diseases were unexplainable. Doctors’ responses were limited, and diagnoses ended up with supernatural or superstitious explanations. These unexplainable diseases are now known as rare, orphan or forgotten diseases and thanks to science and to the research and development industry, they are no longer an inexplicable phenomenon but have a…

A journey through telemedicine in Latin America

Since the coronavirus emergency began, telemedicine has become an important tool for health providers. And although this has already existed for some time as a possibility of performing medicine, in recent months it has move from being a form of caring for the health of “the next generation” to revolutionizing the way in which medical…

Keys to improving access to innovation in medicine

Although the future cannot be predicted, innovation in the health industry can give us a glimpse of it. The scientists behind the development of medicines and medical devices have the ability to improve the lives of millions of people around the world. However, there is no point in innovating in the health industry if it…

Ethics and participation in public procurement processes

For the health system to function properly, it must constantly acquire medical supplies and medicines; thus, purchases are a fundamental axis, which, as well as physicians’ care, must have ethics and transparency in all its stages. Having good procurement processes requires strong leadership, laws, and institutions to contribute in effective processes. The problem is that,…