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Peruvian Ministry of Health - Ministerio de Salud

Ministry of Health - MINSA

Ministerio de Salud

Av. Salaverry 801
  • Jesus Maria
City (Peru)
Phone Number
(+511) 315-6600

The Ministry of Health is an institution of the Peruvian Government in charge of the health sector.

It's aim is to promote health, to prevent disease, to guarantee healthcare to all Peruvians and to protect the public dignity by strengthening an efficient, quality and easily accessible health care service. Additionally, it formulates public policy regarding sanitation.


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    Misty · 01/09/2023
    Good Afternoon, Sir or Madam!

    I have noticed that Peru has a great lack of many medications and supplements that other nations have. Some of these medications and supplements are absolutely essential for proper medical care. No pharmacy knows how to place international orders for medications. Apparently, neither do hospitals know how to order medicines and supplements. This is sad, and needs to be addressed with urgency and concern for others. Who can I email directly to improve this situation with professionalism, competency, honesty, and reliability? What is the email address?

    Best regards,

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      • LimaEasy
      · 01/09/2023
      Hello Misty,

      Honestly, I'm not sure how I should reply to your comment. I don't know if you are a foreigner or a Peruvian, where you live (I assume in Peru), how good you know Peru, its bureaucracy and health care system, what administrative and medical background you have, if you probably work for an NGO in this field in Peru and why you believe an e-mail to a Peruvian authority could eliminate the in your opinion "great lack of many medications and supplements" for a whole country.

      Peru is a developing country with lots of problems, including proper health care for all, which everyone can afford. Pointing the obvious problems out to a Peruvian authority, especially if you are a foreigner, probably isn't a wise move, and unfortunately won't change anything.

      But anyway, explaining the complexity of the Peruvian health care system, which reading your lines you seem unaware of, and pointing out all players is impossible here. 

      Overall, in charge is the Ministry of Health, Social security or the Armed/Police Forces. Responsible for the evaluation, approval and registration of medication is DIGEMID. 

      For public medical facilities purchases are done centralized or decentralized depending on the medical facility, the need for certain medication and other factors. Always involved in purchases is the National Center for the Supply of Strategic Health Resources, CENARES (Centro Nacional de Abastecimiento de Recursos Estratégicos en Salud).

      Interesting for you as well probably the Peruvian National System of Medicine Supply called SISMED (Sistema Integrado de Suministro de Productos Farmacéuticos, Dispositivos Médicos y Productos Sanitarios) and the National List of Essential Medicines (Petitorio Nacional Único de Medicamentos Esenciales).

      I'm sure, you find the webpages and contact details with a simple Google search.

      And one thing you should consider as well: Peru only grants medications a, when I remember correctly, 3 or 4 years regulatory data protection, meaning international pharmaceutical companies are complaining for years, if not decades about the country’s weak intellectual property protection environment and think twice before supplying Peru with certain, especially expensive, medication such as cancer treatments.

      Additionally, pharmacies are usually not staffed with specialists trained in this field of work, most are just sales assistants.

      So, wishing you all the best


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