Medicines and
Health Technologies

The main goal of the ​​Medicines and Health Technologies area is to strengthen the region’s medicines policy, developing strategies, together with different actors and organizations, that ensure the access to essential medicines and the sustainability of health systems.


With the creation of the South American Health Council, the universal access to medicines policy was incorporated into the agenda for South American health (Decision CJEG 12/2008). Several advances have been made regarding the implementation of this regional policy, including: the UNASUR Medicine Price Bank; the regional approach on the shortage of essential medicines; and the characterization of public procurement processes, among others.


With regard to the study of public procurement processes for medicines that describe the current situation for South American countries, one particular finding prioritized the setting of referential prices of medicines as an indispensable tool before starting an acquisition process. Currently nine countries apply this model.


The setting of reference prices requires a wide recognition of information sources, in this respect the availability of public information on the sanitary, therapeutic and financial situation of medicines is strategic, as well as the development of transparent technological platforms that shield important processes such as the acquisition of medicines.


Below are some information portals on medicines available for consultation in South American countries:


-Public procurement of essential medicines

-Pricing policies

-Medicines agencies

-Health Technologies Assessment

Work Topics


– Intellectual property

– Drug prices

– Health technology assessment


Angela Acosta

Angela Acosta

Graduated in Chemistry-Pharmacy from the National University of Colombia, she holds a Master’s Degree in Clinical and Sanitary Effectiveness from the University of Buenos Aires and holds a PhD in Pharmaceutical Sciences with emphasis in Pharmaceutical-epidemiology from the same institution. With 15 years’ experience, he has been a leader and advisor at the Ministry of Health and Social Protection of Colombia, at INVIMA (National Institute for Drug and Food Surveillance) and several projects for PAHO/WHO and the World Bank.



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