Weekly Roundups

The Week in Health: Negligence Leads to Bad Results

By Miriam Bello | Fri, 12/06/2019 - 12:25

It seems there is a shortage of at least one medicine each week. However, the industry remains optimistic that thinks are going to change for the better and so do the 52 percent of the citizens that depend on public health services.


The Ministry of Health stopped distribution of triple viral and double viral vaccines because it does not prove to fully prevent rubella. A second evaluation from COFEPRIS needs to happen to ensure its effectiveness.

As a strategy to ensure healthcare coverage in the country, IMSS just launched a list of requirements for those wishing to become part of the institute’s medical staff.

In Irapuato, an armed command kidnaps 25 patients from an addiction rehabilitation center. 

Zoé Robledo presents the Program for Domestic Workers that has affiliated at least 11,000 people to IMSS. Incorporating domestic workers to IMSS guarantees access to medical services, medications, pensions and childcare, among other benefits.

IMSS admits shortages on HIV medicines. There is still no official statement on why but the Institute ensures that medicines will arrive within a week.

Here are some challenges that the Mexican healthcare system faces regarding technology and technological innovation.  


At least 10 percent of the medicines sold worldwide come from piracy. In Africa, this number goes to around 40 percent.

The Trump administration will sue hospitals over their secret negotiations with insurers to get discounts on diverse procedures. With this negotiation, patients remain in the dark about the cost of their procedure until after their surgery.

In Venezuela, the political crisis reflects on citizens health, especially on children. Malnutrition on kids results on a lasting cognitive disadvantage and this situation could be the case for a whole generation of kids in that country.

Miriam Bello Miriam Bello Senior Journalist and Industry Analyst