Media Reports – South America

South America — alphabetical by country

[International] Anon., Organizations call to improve drug supply, Prensa Latina, 8 December 2020.

[International] South Centre, Intellectual Property and Access to Medicines,Training Paper 1, South Centre, 3 December 2019.

[Argentina] Karina Martinez- Carter, Argentine shortages range from drugs to salmon on import cuts, Bloomberg, 19 April 2012.

[Brazil] Abishek Pratek,, A lack of medicine in eight out of ten municipalities in the country, Crazy Game. 16 July 2022.

[Brazil] Fabiane Z. Menezes, Brazil is on verge of a drug shortage, Brazilian Report, 13 July 2022. See also here

[Brazil] Anon., Brazil struggles with intubation drug shortage, high baby COVID death tool, KHN, 16 April 2021. See also here, here, here

[Brazil] Rodrigo Pedroso et al., As supplies run low a Brazilian town says it could be forced to take patients off ventilators, CNN, 21 March 2021.

[Brazil] Daniel Azevedo, Livestock producers warned about drug shortages, Poultry World, 7 August 2020.

[Brazil] Adele Cardin, In chloroquine Brazil, 21 drugs for COVID-19 patients in UCUs are lacking, RIo Times, 30 June 2020.

[Brazil] Maia Anderson, Why Brazil may have an advantage of mitgating bladder cancer drug shortage, Becker’s, 6 September 2019.

[Brazil] Richard Mann, Rio de Janeiro mental health care facilities lack medicine and professionals, Rio Times, 5 August 2019

[Brazil] Xiu Ying, Medicine shortage threatens two million patients in Brazil, Rio Times, 9 May 2019.

[Brazil] Claudia Collucci, Public hospitals fave shortage of critical medication for rare pediatric cancers, Folha de S. Paulo, 22 January 2019.

[Brazil] Havolene Valinhos, Paciente reclama de falta de medicamento, Agora, 9 January 2018.

[Brazil] Anon., Pacientes com HIV denunciam falta de medicamentos em Pernambuco, Diariode Pernambuco, 19 December 2017.

[Brazil] Havolene Valinhos, Medicamento de alto custo está em falta, Agora, 25 October 2017. See also here and here.

[Brazil] Maria Paul Neira, Brazilian drug shortage threatens Chagas treatment worldwide, NTN24 News, 14 October 2011.

[Chile]  Anon., Organizations call to improve drug supply, Prensa Latina, 8 December 2020.

[Curaçao] Anon., Shortage of medicines on the island, Curaçao Chronicle, 22 January 2016.

[Colombia] Jennie Smith, Colombia confronts insulin shortage, RAPS, 5 March 2024.

[Colombia] Jennie Smith, HIV drug shortages, RAPS, 23 January 2024.

[Colombia] Peter Kavinsky, Drug shortage Colombia, Cable Free TV, 23 August 2022.

[Colombia] Zach Edling, Drug shortages put thousands of Colombians at risk, Colombia Reports, 23 November 2012.

[Guyana] Dr. Jerry Jailall, In case of drug shortages health agency could issue voucher, [letter] Stabroek News, 11 April 2022.

[Guyana] Anon., President orders complete evaluation of Pomeroon’s health centres, Stabroek News, 6 June 2021. See also here

[Guyana] Anon., APNU/AFC totally responsible for drug shortages and expired medicines, Stabroek News, 2 April 2021.

[Guyana] Anon., Harmon tells government not to blame APNU+ AFC for its drug shortage, News Source, 31 March 2021.

[Guyana] Anon., Health Minister blames former government for problems plaguing health sector, News Source, 1 March 2021.

[Guyana] Anon., Dr Mahadeo say every effort being made to address drug shortages, Stabroek News, 21 February 20201.

[Guyana] Archie W. Cordis, Theft of medical supplies deserved jail term [letter], Stabroek News, 1 August 2019.

[Guyana] Anon., No shortage of drugs, personnel at Diamond Hospital, Stabroek News, 15 June 2019.

[Guyana] Denis Chabrol, Shortage of drug-resistant tuberculosis medications ends, Demerara Waves, 2 December 2018.

[Guyana] Anon., Shortage of key TB, HIV drugs poses serious public health threat, Stabroek News, 29 November 2018.

[Guyana] Anon., Shortage of drug-resistant TB meds confirmed, Stabroek News, 23 November 2018.

[Guyana] Anon., Region Two continues to be affected by drug shortage, Stabroek News, 13 July 2018.

[Guyana] Anon., Drug shortages putting strain on Region One’s health care services, Stabroek News, 1 June 2018

[Guyana] Anon., Nurses stage sit-in at Linden Hospital Complex over drug shortage, Stabroek News, 6 April 2018.

[Guyana] Anon., Region Two still experiencing severe drug shortage, Stabroek News, 12 October 2017

[Guyana] Denis Chabrol, GPHC management violated law on GYD $600 million drug procurement, Demerera Waves, 21 July 2017.

[Guyana] Staff writer, Nandall wants police probe of $605M drug deal [to fast track products owing to drug shortage], Stabroek News, 26 June 2017.

[Guyana], Staff writer, Addressing the drug shortage problem, Stabroek News, 7 April 2017.

[Guyana] Staff writer, Drug shortage, non-functioning equipment affecting Diamond hospital, Stabroek News, 7 April 2017.

[Guyana] Staff writer, George Norton now admits there was a shortage at GPHC, Stabroek News, 16 March 2017.

[Guyana] Leslie Ramsammy, The public health system should be provided with the suppplies of quality medicines it needs, Stabroek News, 7 March 2017.

[Guyana] Staff writer, NA hospital suffering drug shortage, key testing machine not working, Stabroek News, 7 March 2016.

[Guyana] Staff writer, Baramita suffering drug shortage, Stabroek News, 7 November 2016.

[Guyana] Staff writer, Region One faces drug shortage again, Stabroek News, 18 October 2016.

[Guyana] Haseef Yussuf, There was an insulin shortage at New Amsterdam Hospital from February to August [letter from Chair of Region 6 Health Committee], Stabroek, 20 August 2016.

[Guyana], Jomo Paul, ‘There is no crisis: Norton, Anthony thrash out “drug shortages.” Demerara Waves, 24 May 2016.

[Guyana] Staff Writer, Region Six devises plan to tackle drug shortage, Stabroek News, 30 March 2016.

[Guyana] Thandeka Percival, Georgetown Public Hospital Commission has critical drug shortage, Staboeck News, 26 January 2016.

[Guyana] KNEWS, Linden Hospital Complex short of over 40 essential pharmaceutical drugs, Kaieteur News, 19 January 2014.

[Guyana] KNEWS, Health ministry looks to tackle drugs shortage, Kaieteur News, 8 January 2014.

[Paraguay] Daniela Desantis, Paraguayan Minister of Health resigns due to drug crisis, Explica, 5 March 2021. See also here

[Venezuela] Antonio Matheus, This is what it’s like trying to buy drugs during VEnezuela’s economic crisis, VIce, 25 March 2021.

[Venezuela] Anon. Coronavirus, Explica, 30 June 2020.

[Venezuela] Paul Simu, Health crisis in Venezuela, News Herder, 3 September 2019.

[Venezuela] EFE, A glimpse into a Venezuelan psychiatric hospital: cockroaches, excrement and drug shortages, ABC News, 7 August 2019.

[Venezuela] Yvonne Webb, Doctor: Lack of US$ for medicine causing death, Newsday Trinidad and Tobago, 16 April 2019.

[Venezuela] Reuters, HIV patients rely on futile leaf remedy amid drug shortage, Daily Mail, 13 December 2018.

[Venezuela] Anon., Health concerns rise in Venezuela due to shortage of medicines DevDiscourse, 3 October 2018.

[Venezuela] Cody Weddle, Venezuelans turn to alternative HIV treatments as drug supplies run low, Telegraph, 4 August 2018.

[Venezuela] Tim Hayes, Drug shortages in Venezuela force people to take dog medicine, Healthcare Packaging,18 April 2018.

[Venezuela] Tanvi Nagpal, Back on the rise, malaria rates call for global spending, Axios, 7 April 2017.

[Venezuela] Alexandra Ulmer, Venezuelan health system decays further, opposition-led survey says, Reuters, 19 March 2018. See also here and here.

[Venezuela] Carlos Riva, Drug shortage won’t stop hospital from treating sick kids, CGTN, 15 February 2018.

[Venezuela] Samantha Raphelson, Venezuela’s health care system ready to collapse amid economic crisis, NPR, 1 February 2018.

[Venezuela] Anon., Venezuela’s prescription for drug shortage: herbs, Journal du Cameroun, 20 January 2018. See also here.

[Venezuela] Anggy Polanco et al. Venezuela’s chronic shortages give rise to medical flea markets, Reuters, 8 December 2017.

[Venezuela] Anthony Faiola, Even sex is in crisis in Venezuela where contraceptives are growing scarce, Philadelphia Inquirer, 29 November 2017. See also here and here.

[Venezuela] Anon., Se agudiza escasez de medicamentos en Venezuela, Excelsior, 26 November 2017.

[Venezuela] Anthony Faiola,  Sickness and HIV drug shortages rise as Venezuela’s economy crumbles, Independent, 8 September 2017.

[Venezuela] Anon., Families escape Venezuela as shortage of medicine reaches new heights, TRT World, 4 August 2017.

[Venezuela] May-Ying Lam, Inside the devastating plight of epileptics in Venezuela due to drug shortages, Washington Post, 22 March 2017.

[Venezuela] Reuters, Venezuela’s epileptic patients struggle with seizures amid drugshortage, Emirates 24/7, 4 March 2017. See also here

[Venezuela] Nicholas Casey, Drug shortages torture Venezuela’s mentally ill, Houston Chronicle, 1 October 2016.

[Venezuela] Ysol Delgado, Venezuelans in the US send medical care packages to struggling families, PanAm Post, 4 August 2016.

[Venezuela] Orlando Avendaño, Venezuelan child who protested medicine shortages passes away [of lymphoma at age 8–Oliver Sanchez], PanAm Post, 27 May 2016.See also this item.

[Venezuela] Anon., India planning to swap medicines for Venezuelan crude oil to recoup losses of drug sector, Merco Press, 20 May 2015.

[Venezuela] Alexandra Ulmer, PAHO Venezuela worries about cancer medicine shortage, Reuters, 14 August 2015.

[Venezuela] Simeon Tegel, Medicine shortages so bad Venezuela resorts to fingerprinting, USA Today, 30 April 2015.

[Venezuela] Anon. China Meheco to ease drug shortages [caused by lack of foreign currency], Pharma and Health Care Insight, July 2014.

[Venezuela] Roberto Deniz, Drugs shortage in Venezuela [averages] 40% [of needed supply], El Universal, 25 February 2013.