BOGOTA, Colombia – The global shortage of ventilators caused by COVID-19 is not news to the Latin American region, an area already preparing for the tsunami of patients that could flood hospitals as it has done elsewhere. The region is trying to learn from the mistakes made by European countries before it is too late.
BOGOTA, Colombia – As the world turns its attention to COVID-19 and its impacts across the globe, in Latin America diseases like Chagas continue to keep scientists busy. In Argentina, researchers are working on an innovative solution to deal with a major threat to the region’s public health.
BOGOTA, Colombia – Ziptek Mexico, from Hermosillo, Mexico, is working to revolutionize the sutures market with an innovative product that is already making its way to the U.S. surgical orthopedic device market. Plans to expand across Latin America are progressing.
BOGOTA, Colombia – Argentina is the latest member of an international medical devices regulatory group. Joining the group could help the country speed up approvals and help the market for medical technology improve.
SAN JOSE, Costa Rica – Two decades ago, the Costa Rican economy was basically an agriculture-based economy. Since then, the tiny Central American country has emerged as the second-largest med-tech exporter in the region as well as an eager partner and supplier of skilled manpower.
BOGOTA, Colombia – Medical supply manufacturers in Argentina have seen a surge in demand for their products from China, which is reaching out globally for the goods it needs to deal with the outbreak of COVID-19.
BOGOTA, Colombia – As part of an effort to further control drug costs, Colombia set price caps on 770 drugs in late January. The move takes the total of price-regulated drugs in the Latin American country to 2,487. The new caps on drug prices apply to a broad range of products from generics to biosimilars and to biologics such as ranibizumab, trastuzumab, vedolizumab, secukinumab and pembrolizumab, among dozens of others.
BOGOTA, Colombia – Venezuela’s med-tech sector has been virtually decimated by the ongoing crisis, which has not only displaced millions of people but also destroyed the country’s economy over the past four years.
BOGOTA, Colombia – A two-year-old shortage of measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine in Mexico has become more serious, with 2020 starting out with renewed complaints of even lower availability of the vaccine all over the country.
BOGOTA, Colombia – The Latin American med-tech sector is moving steadily toward 3D printing solutions to speed up production and cut costs in specific sub-sectors, such as orthotic devices. A case in point is Prothesia, of Monterrey, Mexico.