Cuba sells medicines and health technology to more than 50 countries
Published November 25, 2014 EFE
Cuba sells medicines and health technologies to more than 50 countries,
including vaccines, generic medications, equipment and diagnostic
systems, the official daily Juventud Rebelde reported Tuesday.
"About 30 new products from Cuba and a group of generics are being
exported to Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America (ALBA)
member countries and other nations of Asia, Africa and even Europe,"
said the director of Pharmaceutical Services at the Public Health
Ministry, Victor Faife, in remarks published by the daily.
Figures compiled by state-run "BioCubaFarma," a biotechnology and
pharmaceutical industry group, show that the communist island is
exporting "technologies and diagnostic equipment that allow early
detection of congenital deformities, hereditary illnesses and other
According to the vice president of the group, Gustavo Sierra, Cuba has
factories on several continents and among the key products manufactured
at those facilities are hearing aids and Heberprot-P, a medicine for
treating diabetic ulcers with an eye toward preventing amputations.
The Cuban pharmaceutical industry produces 70 percent of the 888
medications sold in the country, according to official figures.
The newspaper emphasized that the island imports 290 of those medicines
and currently is doing research on 150 of them "to replace the imports." EFE
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