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Medicines shortage in Venezuela at 80%, pharmacists alert

"We are in a humanitarian crisis. Regretfully, patients are dying because of lack of medicines. There are no supplies for surgeries because the State refuses to accept what is happening in the country," said President of the Venezuelan Pharmaceutical Federation (Fefarven) Freddy Ceballos

The President of Fefarven, Freddy Ceballos, remarked that domestic production of medicines had to be reactivated (TV screen capture)
LUANA CABRERA |  EL UNIVERSAL
Monday January 25, 2016  12:11 PM
On Monday, the President of the Venezuelan Pharmaceutical Federation (Fefarven), Freddy Ceballos, alerted that Venezuela "is suffering a humanitarian crisis" due to shortages of medicines in the market.

"In Venezuela, shortages of medicines stand at 80%. Medicines for several treatments cannot be found. This is an unprecedented situation, because in the past, when shortages hit 15%, the pharmaceutical sector was on the alert, but today's situation is very serious, even worse if the government does not take action," Ceballos stressed during an interview with private TV channel Televen. 

He remarked that domestic production of medicines had to be reactivated, because, in his view, "it is more cost-effective and will allow settling the debt of USD 4 billion the government accrues."

"We are in a humanitarian crisis. Regretfully, patients are dying because of lack of medicines. There are no supplies for surgeries because the refuses to accept what is happening in the country. Clearly, we have to speak up and denounce what is happening. These problems can be solved with international bodies," he added.
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