CARACAS, Friday February 08, 2013 | Update

Venezuelan Executive Office to draw up list of "prioritized" drugs

Venezuelan Ministry of Commerce will be taking steps to regulate US dollar sale to the pharmaceutical industry

National Superintendent of Costs and Price: It is important to be reasonable in drugs domestic consumption (File photo)
Friday February 08, 2013  12:36 PM
Venezuelan Ministry of Commerce will compile a new list providing for a set of drugs that will be given preference in import operations, the ministry told representatives from the pharmaceutical sector.

The measure aims at regulating US dollar sale to the industry, a polled source informed. Although the details are still unknown, according to the source, the authorities had informed that for the purpose of drafting the list of "prioritized" drugs, the companies' records on imports and the sort of diseases treated with each drug will be taken into consideration.

Within the framework of further regulations, the National Superintendent of Costs and Prices, Karlín Granadillo, announced on Thursday, "We must find out the real need for taking some drugs, for instance, how publicity influences consumption of some drugs."

"It is important to be reasonable in drugs domestic consumption," she official noted.

Translated by Jhean Cabrera
Gagging Twitter users

Pablo Jiménez Guaricuco was summarily dismissed from his Clerk III job at the Autonomous Service of Public Registries and Notaries' Offices (Saren). He read a notice published in a newspaper on November 5 informing the public that he was no longer employed to the Saren. He was sacked despite the fact that he was taking a leave of absence from work due to a work-related accident, and that he enjoyed security of employment under the parental job-immunity privilege. Most probably, the decision was influenced by his role as a union organizer. But what did he do, besides leading protests, to deserve the sack? Well, he allegedly sent off a series of tweets that definitely hurt the sensitivity of the Saren Directorate.

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