Sales of chocolates, flowers and gifts always increase on Valentine’s Day but this time, condom sales went up as well. Over the week, there was also a debate regarding the marketing of cannabis products and the government announced there would be no merger between IMSS and Seguro Popular.
In international news, the drug supply crisis in Venezuela prompted street vendors to take on the role of pharmacies. Meanwhile, in India, millions are threatened by pollution problems.
Before jumping into the news, don’t miss our Interview of the Week. Mexico Health Review sat down with Maarten Pouw, CEO of DSM Sinochem Pharmaceuticals, to talk about how pharmaceutical companies should improve monitoring of API emissions at their facilities.
Ready for more? Check out what made the headlines over the past week!
- Seguro Popular will remain a separate service for the uninsured population in Mexico. The new government is working on a plan to not restrict access to medical attention. It will unfreeze the assigned budget for Seguro Popular and stop its merger with IMSS.
- Data from Mexico’s National Pharmacy Association (ANAFARMEX) shows condom sales grew between 15 and 30 percent on Valentine’s Day. According to the Mexican Youth Institute, around 89 percent of the people with an active sexual life are between 25 and 29 years old.
- ANAFARMEX suggested cannabis products for recreational use should be commercialized through pharmacies. Antonio Pascual Ferial, President of the association, said that if legalized, this would be the best and most responsible way to deal with cannabis products.
Lack of medicines in Venezuela lead street vendors in the Colombian-Venezuelan border to act as itinerant pharmacies. The most demanded medicines are for pain and some low-cost antibiotics.
- Arvind Kumar, a surgeon at Sir Ganga Ram Hospital in New Delhi and a founding member of the Lung Care Foundation said India’s deadly pollution crisis is a public health emergency. According to him, breathing toxic air is a direct cause for the 25 percent rise in asthma among Indian schoolchildren and the more than one million deaths in the country in 2017.
Industry Analyst and Journalist at Mexico Business Publishing