Defense Minister Agustn Rossi toured the Joint Pharmaceutical Laboratory, which was dependent on the Joint Health Directorate, and oversaw the modernization work of the Siquids Section of the Caseros plant, which increased the production of a mosquito repellent and alcohol gel by purchasing a new reactor.
Among the laboratory facilities – in his Caseros facility – Rossi toured the Liquids section, which produces gel alcohol and DEET (a mosquito repellent). In this regard, the Health Director expressed his satisfaction with the minister at the substantial increase in production he had achieved by investing in technology for this facility. We are very grateful for the purchase of a 500 liter reactor and filler, all state-of-the-art equipment, purchased with Defense Department credits. This enabled us to move from making the repellant from a thousand containers to an average of five thousand containers a day. It was possible to increase total production by five times, Medina explained after adding that the packaging machine allows them to produce and package a disinfectant semi-automatically and antiseptically such as povidone iodine and alcohol gel among other liquids.
Rossi went to the pill section of the drug manufacturing facility and learned about the manufacturing process of the various drugs that are made, including antibiotics, analgesics, and anti-inflammatories such as acetaminophen, ibuprofen, and diclofenac.
Finally, the Secretary of Defense visited the injectable manufacturing area. In this last division, the bivalent adult serum is developed, which is used to counteract yarar and rattlesnake bites.
Joint Pharmaceutical Laboratory of the Armed Forces
The laboratory, established on December 20, 2000 by Resolution No. 1.304 and dependent on the joint chiefs of staff, has two facilities: the Caseros plant and the Palomar plant. Its job is to manufacture medicines, biological products and antibiotics for the military and civilian personnel of the armed forces.
The El Palomar facility within the I Brigade of the Argentine Air Force is an exclusive beta-lactam production facility that produces amoxicillin and cephalexin tablets. The Caseros plant produces anti-inflammatory drugs and analgesics (diclofenac, paracetamol and ibuprofen), antifungal drugs (ketoconazole), antiseptics (iodopovin), disinfectants (gel alcohol) and mosquito repellants (DEET).
All activities are monitored by the National Drug Institute (INAME). With the onset of the pandemic, the laboratory’s usual production schedule had to be changed to accommodate the needs arising from the health emergency. The manufacturing was mainly focused on the production of gel alcohol, DEET, iodopovidone, paracetamol and amoxicillin.
In this way, the laboratory followed the health policies implemented at the national level and carried out work of the utmost importance in its facilities, supported and funded by the Ministry of Defense. Once again the armed forces are demonstrating their efforts to the nation and their ability to produce valuable and more than necessary items. (Luis Pieiro)
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