Mexico: IMSS launches bidding of medicines: USD 3.09 billion (MXN 55 billion)
The Mexican Social Security Institute (IMSS), started the bidding process for the period 2017-2018 for the largest consolidated purchase of drugs in the country, with an amount close to USD 3.09 billion and the participation of 48 entities public services in five federal agencies, 20 state governments and 23 health institutes.
During the presentation, it was stated that resources would allocated as: 35,361 (64%) to medicines and vaccines; 15,039 (27%) to patent medicines; and 4,926 (9%) to healing material, which will benefit 80% of the country’s population and the largest volume of the purchase will be for chronic diseases such as diabetes, hypertension and cardiovascular diseases. The Secretary of the Civil Service and the ISSSTE added that this year will be tendered a thousand 609 keys, of which 768 are medicines, 692 cure materials and 149 patents, and will select those that guarantee greater competition, better prices and curative efficiency.
This year’s consolidated purchase – the fifth since starting this scheme in 2013 – has a growth of 13% compared to 2016 and a 20% increase in the number of participants and guaranteed transparency through the intervention, throughout the process, of representatives of national and international social organizations, as well as external actors of the public sector.
During the presentation of the scheme of this tender, the IMSS detailed that the number of pieces required will be 2.184 million units, 6.6% higher than last year, making it the largest purchase of health supplies in the history of the country.
At the time, the Public Service Secretariat, stated that through this consolidated purchase scheme, IMSS has been able to improve the quality of services in health, based on the quality of life and well-being of the citizenship. Finally, it was stated that all public servants involved in the operation of the bidding will sign a declaration of no conflict of interest, to guarantee their impartiality and confidentiality and, as in previous tenders, this stage of the process was transmitted live by social networks to ensure maximum publicity and transparency.