Salvadoran Pharmaceutical Industry Investment Stalled

Lack of legislation encouraging growth of the industry is holding up about $50 million in potential investments.

Monday, June 18, 2012

Mario Ancalmo, president of the Association of Pharmaceutical Chemical Industry in El Salvador (Inquifar) noted that at the moment there are only investments in small works to improve existing facilities, but no company is backing large investments in infrastructure, and this is a result of uncertainty in the sector generated by the recent approval of the Medicines Act.

"We are holding the necessary meetings in order to generate law reforms, which are essential for the institutions to work, especially when we find out that no budget has been assigned yet to the new entity that will regulate the issue of medicines", said Ancalmo to

The chemical pharmaceutical industry currently generates 35,000 direct and indirect jobs, and with good pay.

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