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Govt establishes National Institute of Pharmacy and Medical Products, replacing SAMES

Govt establishes National Institute of Pharmacy and Medical Products, replacing SAMES

Minister of the Presidency of the Council of Ministers, Agio Pereira (Photo Tatoli)

DILI, 29 august 2023 (TATOLI) – The IX government approved two draft Decree-Laws, presented by the Minister of Health, Elia A. A. dos Reis Amaral, aiming at altering the Autonomous Service for Medicines and Health Equipment (SAMES) to Establishing the National Institute of Pharmacy and Medical Products (FPM – acronym in Portuguese).

Minister of the Presidency of the Council of Ministers, Agio Pereira said: “Based in Dili Municipality and with jurisdiction throughout the country, the FPM, which succeeds the Autonomous Service for Medicines and Health Equipment, I.P., is the public institute responsible for supplying pharmaceutical products and medical equipment to the National Health Service.”

“To this end, it may acquire, namely by import, pharmaceutical products, and medical equipment, produce pharmaceutical products and medical equipment, ensure quality control of the goods acquired or produced by the institute, and ensure best practices in storage and distribution to the National Health Service, and their resale to pharmacies and private national health units, when necessary,” said Pereira. 

The government also approved the Medical Assistance Abroad Scheme. This Decree-Law aims to adapt the Medical Assistance Abroad Scheme to the country’s current reality, as well as to current practices. 

Pereira said therefore, concepts are clarified and harmonized with current legislative practices, and the line of action of the various parties involved in medical assistance procedures abroad is clarified and reduced, avoiding redundancies and unnecessary acts to ensure faster and more effective medical assistance.

“The decree-law provides for the right to medical assistance abroad for beneficiaries of the National Health Service who are residents in Timor-Leste and also covers situations in which the beneficiary is temporarily abroad, as long as they are in the service of the State and need urgent medical assistance that is incompatible with a delay in returning to Timor-Leste. It is stipulated that patients can only benefit from medical assistance abroad if they are being accompanied by a doctor from and within the National Health Service. Proposals for medical assistance abroad that originate from institutions that are not part of the National Health Service are not acceptable,” Pereira explained. 

 

Journalist: Filomeno Martins 

Editor: Nelia Borges 

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