Media Reports – Mexico, Central America, Caribbean

Alphabetical by country (Canada; USA — have their own pages)

[International-Latin America] Mangelika Das, Drug supply issues affecting cancer care in Latin America, Lancet Oncology, 24 November 2022.

[International] Anon., Antibiotic crisis: fragile supply leads to shortages, Daily Herald, 1 June 2018

[International-Latin America] Anon., A recap of Latin America’s most important events in 2017, TRT World, 27 December 2017.

[International] Keila Guimarães, Pharma’s Big Fail: Benzathine Penicillin shortages are bringing syphilis back all over the world, Quartz, 18 May 2017.

[Bahamas] Riel Major, Child patients hit by drug shortage [vincristine], Tribune, 23 October 2019.

[Bahamas] Ava Turnqvest, HIV drugs secured to avert crisis, Tribune, 27 March 2018.

[Bahamas] Neil Hartnell, Wholesalers in ‘drug shortage’ warning to PHA [Public Hospitals Authority], Tribune, 11 November 2016.

[Barbados] BGIS, Drug shortage being addressed, Nation News, 19 July 2019.

[Barbados] Anon., Drug shortage at QEH emergency surgeries only, Loop News, 24 April 2018.

[Barbados] Alex Downes, Drug shortage at Psychiatric, Nation News, 26 May 2017. See also here.

[Belize] Vejea Alvarez, Minister Chebat on the KHMH’s medical shortage, Love FM, Belize News and Music Power, 12 November 2021.

[Belize] Micah Goodin, Belize is experiencing a shortage of critical medication, 25 July 2017.

[Bermuda] Lisa Simpson, Chemotherapy drug shortage confirmed [bendamustane], Royal Gazette: Bermuda, 24 June 2015.

[Cayman Islands] Anon., Confusion surrounds state of hospital drug shortages, Cayman News Service, 30 August 2017.

[Cuba] Lucia Rojas, Crisis of medical supplies and medicines, known causes, new challenges, On Cuba NEws, 2 July 2023.

[Cuba] Mimi Whitefield, Cubans turn to natural remedies in midst of prescription drug shortage, National Geographic, 6 January 2022.

[Cuba] Sarah Marsh, Anxious Cuba fights the highest number of COVID cases in the Americas, Texas News Today, 19 July 2021.

[Cuba] Lorenda Reddekopp and Reuters, Cuban Canadians watch with anxiety after anti-government protests, COVID-19 rates spike, CBC, 12 July 2021. See also here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here

[Cuba] Rodrigo Guttierez, Cubans go back to herbal remedies amidst medicine shortage, New Americas Now, 20 April 2021.

[Dominican Republic] Anon., Acute insulin shortage in the country, Dominican Today, 10 February 2024.

[Dominican Republic] Anon., Drugs are scarce due to influenza increase, Dominican Today, 16 February 2020.

[Guatemala] James, In the medical units of the rural area, up to 84% of the medicines are missing. Softball News, 20 July 2022.

[Guatemala] BMI view, Industry trend analysis: drug supply shortage will present risk to health outcomes, BMI research, July 2015.

[Haiti] Jennifer Kitroeff et al., Es un caos para Haiti’ New York Times, 30 October 2021.

[Jamaica] Brittny Hutchinson, Drug shortage, Jamaica Observer, 3 July 2023.

[Jamaica] Anon., Drug shortage getting worse for Jamaica and the Caribbean, TVJ News, 29 June 2023.

[Jamaica] Cultiva Law, Jamaica experiences shortage of marijuana, JD Supra, 16 April 2021.

[Jamaica] Sharlene Hendricks et al., Jamaica faces marijuana shortage as farmers struggle, Morning Call, 5 February 2021. See also herehere, here, here, here, here and here

[Jamaica] Germine Abel, Investigation into Baby’s death underway, WINN, 16 July 2019.

[Jamaica] Christopher Tufton (minister of health), Pharmacy concerns overblown, Gleaner, 22 July 2018.

[Jamaica] Milton Wray, Pharmacy sector in need of medicine, Jamaica Gleaner, 15 July 2018.

[Jamaica] Anon., Health ministry probes reported drug shortages at private pharmacies, Loop, 8 June 2018. See also here, herehere.

[Jamaica] Anon., Health Check/SRHA making strides, Jamaica Gleaner, 12 December 2017.

[Jamaica] Jerome Reynolds, HIV drug shortage not affecting patients, Jamaica Gleaner, 25 July 2017. See also here and here and here.

[Jamaica] Anon., Dalley wants answers on reported shortage of antiretroviral drugs, Jamaica Observer, 24 July 2017.

[Mexico] Anon., IMSS diabetes medication shortages, Spark Chronicles, 26 January 2024

[Mexico] Anon., Cancer treatments canceled in Colima due to medications shortage, Mexico News Daily, 22 August 2022.

[MExico] Anon., Trans men in Mexico facing shortage of testosterone for treatment, Vallarta Daily, 20 August 2022.

[Mexico] Juan Montes, Scarcity of medicines in Mexico leaves trail of suffering, Wall Street Journal, 30 April 2021.

[Mexico] Helen Hernandez, Pharmacies warn of possible shortage of medicines to treat omicron, OI Canadian, 17 January 2022.

[Mexico] Anon., Shortage of anti-HIV drugs at Isste Merida, Yucatan Times, 17 December 2021. See also here

[Mexico] Vimal Kumar, Senate asks health sector to guarantee supply of medicine, Code List, 17 November 2021. See also here

[Mexico] Anon., AMLO [President] scolds health officials ‘I do not want any more excuses about drug shortages,’ [blames former corruption among distributors] Yucatan Times, 11 November 2021.

[Mexico] Anon., Lopez Obrador affirms that the shortage of medicines that caused protests was resolved, Market Research Telecast, 20 July 2021

[Mexico] Anon., Parents of kids with cancer protest as shortages of medications continue, Mexico Daily NEws, 16 June 2021. See also here herehere, here, here, here [Dec 2021]

[Mexico] Anon., In Quintana Roo there is a lack of medicines for children with cancer, Yucatan Times, 28 May 2021

[Mexico] Anon., Remdesivir illegally sold in Mexico for up to 36000 pesos, Explica, 8 January 2021.

[Mexico] Anon., Cancer patients in Mexico report shortages and lack of care, Explica.co, 5 November 2020.

[Mexico] Bhavia Mandalia, The shortage of medicines leaves the public health without vaccines against tuberculosis [BCG], Pledge Times, 21 October 2020.

[Mexico] Anon., Indian pharmaceutical companies are coming to Mexico, Yucatan Times, 15 October 2020.

[Mexico] El Universal, New challenge for kids with cancer: thieves steal their medications, Mexico News Daily, 12 October 2020.

[Mexico] Anon., Medications shortage continue: cancer kills 6 children in 5 days, Mexico Daily News, 17 September 2020.

[Mexico] Anon. Cancer drug shortages continue, parents erect blockade ni protest, Mexico News Daily, 4 September 2020.

[Mexico] Anon., Mexico signs an agreement with UN to monitor drug purchases, Yucatan Times, 31 July 2020. See also here, here, here and here

[Mexico] Mark Stevenson, Mexico to create drug purchasing agency amid shortages, ABC News, 30 July 2020. See also here and here.

[Mexico] Anon., AMLO’s wife under fire for TWitter comment regarding drug shortages [children with cancer], Mexico News Daily, 2 July 2020.

[Mexico] Robbie Whelan et al., Drug shortage in Mexico piles woes on cancer-stricken children, Wall Street Journal, 16 February 2020. See also here  here  here  here and here.

[Mexico] Anon., Hospital chief to be investigated over cancer drug shortage, Mexico News Daily, 23 January 2020. See also here.

[Mexico] Anon.,  ISSSTE and IMSS register record number of drug shortage, Yucatan Times, 15 October 2019

[Mexico] Paul Simu, Mexico gets its medications from France to treat cancer in children, News Herder, 23 September 2019. See also here.

[Mexico] Anon., Mexico City children’s hospital warns cancer drug shortage imminent again, Mexico News Daily, 19 September 2019.

[Mexico] Mamela Fialo Flor, Children with cancer die due to lack of medicines in Mexico, PanAm Post, 3 September 2019.

[Mexico] Anon., If there’s a medication shortage, bring it in by plane, Mexico Daily News, 30 August 2019.

[Mexico] Anon., Parents protest shortage of cancer medications for their children, Mexico News Daily, 27 August 2019.

[Mexico] Milenio, Pharmaceutical industry won’t be responsible for medications shortages, Mexico News Daily, 21 June 2019.

[Mexico] Reuters, Mexico’s president vows to eliminate drug shortages, Yahoo News, 28 May 2019. See also here.

[Mexico] Reuters, Mexican official resigns as HIV drug shortage sparks outcry, PVDN, 9 May 2019. See also here, here, and here.

[Mexico] Thomson Reuters, Mexican government working to respolve HIV medication issues as health advocates warm of shortages, Kaiser Family Foundation, 8 May 2019. See also here and here.

[Mexico] Anon., Mexican Senate launches bill to modify patented drug prices, Life Sciences IP Review, 21 February 2019.

[Panama] Alina Ramos Martin, Panama implements program in response to drug shortage, Prensa Latina, 28 June 2022.

[Trinidad and Tobago] Anon., UWI study finds pharmacists burnot out, Loop News, 5 May 2022.

[Trinidad and Tobago] Beena Mahase, Chemo drug shortage at public hospitals, Loop, 22 March 2022.

[Trinidad and Tobago] Radhika da Silva, Decongestant shortage in T and T, Guardian, 21 February 2022.

[Trinidad and Tobago] Beena Mahase, Pharmacy board president confirms drug shortage, Loop, 21 February 2022.

[Trinidad and Tobago] Anon. Is drug shortage linked to HIgh COVID deaths, TV6Int, 14 December 2021. Shortages  denied

[Trinidad and Tobago] Jensen la Vende, $0.5 bn spent on covid19 by Health Ministry in 18 Months, Newsday, 9 October 2021.

[Trinidad and Tobago] Carisa Lee, Pharmacies patients reveal shortage of critical asthma drugs, Guardian, 10 July 2021.

[Trinidad and Tobago] Darlisa Ghouralal, Patient care unaffected by reported drug shortages, Loop, 15 April 2021.

[Trinidad and Tobago] Radhika de Silva, No drug shortage Minister says, Trinidad Guardian, 26 May 2020.

[Trinidad and Tobago] Kimberley Wallace, An additional crisis [hydroxychloroquine], Daily Express, 12 April 2020.

[Trinidad and Tobago] Andrew Gioanetti, Adult patients given children’s medicine [for tb], Newsday, 20 November 2019.

[Trinidad and Tobago] Andrew Gioanetti, Minister RHA: No TB drug shortage, Newsday, 13 November 2019. See also here.

[Trinidad and Tobago] Anon., NCRHA refutes drug shortage claims, Loop News, 9 September 2019. See also here.

[Trinidad and Tobago] Gail Alexander, 300 local medics cannot get jobs in T&T, TT Guardian, 10 October 2018.

[Trinidad and Tobago] Terence Deyalsingh, Health Ministry denies shortage of cancer drug Gleevec, Loop News, 21 January 2018

[Trinidad and Tobago] Renuka Singh, Cancer drug shortage [Gleevec], Trinidad Express, 18 January 2018.

[Trinidad and Tobago] Anon., Long wait for beds, shortage of medicines, Daily Express, 18 July 2017. See also here.

[Trinidad and Tobago] Kim Boodram, No CDAP [Chronic Disease Assistance Program] drug shortage [though statins running low], Trinidad Express, 7 February 2017.

[Trinidad and Tobago] Geisha Kowlessar, Warning of cigarette suitcase trade [blames shortage on global shortage of morphine, Trinidad Guardian, 18 October 2016.

[Trinidad and Tobago] Anna Ramdass, Uneasy wait for cancer drugs, Trinidad Express, 28 Aug 2016.

[Trinidad and Tobago] Anna Ramdass, Drug shortage unacceptable, Trinidad Express, 24 August 2016. See response from Minister here.

[Trinidad and Tobago] Shane Superville, Organ recipient still grappling with drug shortage [tacrolimus], News Day, 29 July 2016.

[Trinidad and Tobago] Anon. Nipdec to get $$ to address drug shortage, Guardian, 12 July 2016. See also here 13 July.

[Trinidad and Tobago] Anon. Health Ministry denises drug shortage, Loop, 10 July 2017.

[Trinidad and Tobago] Geisha Kowlessar, [cancer drugs] Guardian, 24 June 2016

[Trinidad and Tobago] Andre Bagoo, Cancer drug shortage, Trinidad and Tobago Newsday, 11 June 2016

[Trinidad and Tobago] Michelle Loubon, Dayalsing tackes drug shortage, Trinidad Express, 15 January 2016.

[Trinidad and Tobago] Merinda La Rose, Gov’t spends 440M on drugs [to prevent shortages], Trinidad and Tobago Newsday, 17 July 2015.

[Trinidad and Tobago] Newspower, Medical Research Foundation hit with a drug shortage, saying they cannot adequately treat HIV/AIDS patients, NewsPower, 9 June 2015.

[Trinidad and Tobago] Carolyn Kissoon, Patients panic over CDAP drug shortage [hypertension, diabetes, cancer, arthritis, heart disease, depression] Trinidad Express, 20 April 2015.

[Trinidad and Tobago] S. Freeman Curepe, Drug shortage killing cancer patients in need, Trinidad Express, 16 August 2014.