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Panama’s Public Institution Affected by Loss of Medicines

According to the report, the new incident with the drug to counteract mild or moderate pain, took place in the emergency room of the Doctor Manuel Ferrer healthcare center, in the Calidonia district, in this capital.

In less than a year, this is the second time that the institution reports a loss of medicines, since the first time it reported 19,000 doses of fentanyl, another synthetic opioid analgesic that is 50 times stronger than heroin and 100 times stronger than morphine.

Dexketoprofen is a non-steroidal analgesic and anti-inflammatory (NSAID), which is used for mild and moderate pain, Ivonne Torres, director of the Department of Pharmacology of the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Panama, explained to local media.

She added that it does not cause addiction, but if abused, it can cause kidney failure called analgesic nephropathy.

Regarding the loss of this medicine, CSS authorities informed that they will refrain from making any judgments that could hinder the investigations.

The official press release explains that the board of directors of the institution, headed by Enrique Lau, requested an administrative audit, as determined by the organic law.

On the other hand, the Prosecutor’s Office requested to determine the medical and administrative management and everything related to the process of reception, storage and transportation of the drugs offered by the only public healthcare institution.

The CSS, which has around 30,000 employees, many of whom are administrative staff, and manages millions of dollars in budget every year, is frequently criticized by social organizations which denounce the Government’s privatization policies and parametric measures to solve the financial crisis it is going through.

Source : Plenglish