LaSalud.mx.- During the inauguration of the Second Edition of the Medical Expo at the World Trade Center, Carlos Alejandro Salazar Gaytán, director of the fair, stated that the country has qualified human capital that has developed its skills and capabilities to offer products and services that increase the competitiveness of the medical device industry, therefore, this industry is avant-garde and innovative and with a high sense. social responsibility.
Currently, Mexico is the third largest exporter of tubular needles in the world, it is the fourth largest exporter of syringes, the fifth largest in medical devices for respiratory therapy and anesthesia, the sixth largest in disposable masks and clothing and ninth place in hand sanitizers, according to a study conducted in more than 170 countries on five continents.
Globally, it is the 7th place as an exporter of medical devices and the 1st place in Central America, South America and the Caribbean, covering 70% of all exports in the region.
“Our country has vast experience in international markets, we have skilled workers, specialized universities, we have 13 free trade agreements covering 50 countries and our neighbor is the leading consumer worldwide.”, Assured Salazar Gaytán.
In his speech, Jorge Daniel Alarcon, Director of Medical Devices at the National Chamber of the Pharmaceutical Industry (Canifarma), mentioned that the sector participates with more than 10,000 products within the 75 specializations that have defined the country’s public policy, in addition to representing 240 manufacturing plant in Mexico with 2,400 economic units, therefore, is the industry that has the most demand in terms of regulation, with more than 15 thousand procedures per year.
Similarly, the sector generates more than 160 thousand jobs directly and 800 indirectly; unfortunately we are at number 45 for per capita consumption of medical devices. Because of this, it is necessary to strengthen the joint work of industry, authorities and academia in order to strengthen the development of medical devices in Mexico.
For its part, Juan de Villafranca Andrade, Executive Director of the Mexican Association of Pharmaceutical Laboratories (AMELAF), invited to strengthen the relationship between medical device manufacturers and pharmaceutical laboratories through planning and linking from the educational stage, in order to reach the patient in -time.
Patrick Devlyn, chairman of the Health Coordinating Committee of the Business Coordinating Council (CCE), called on the government and private initiative to implement a model for the procurement of drugs and medical devices with a strategic vision, with better planning prioritize procurement to achieve more efficient supplies and more effective distribution. Similarly, it is necessary to implement an industrial policy that encourages investment, creates more jobs and accelerates the implementation of new technologies that bring preventive, predictive and personalized medicine to Mexicans.
Medical Expo, held from 11 to 13 October, expects to get an influx of more than 7 thousand visitors. In it you will be able to find health professionals, companies and entrepreneurs from the medical device sector, administrative staff of hospitals, clinics and sanatoriums, buyers from the public and private sector, insurers and foundations, among other organizations. In total, 147 exhibitors will present, 16% more compared to the 2020 edition.