RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - The Ministry of Health allowed a contract to expire and suspended genotyping tests in the National Health System (SUS) for HIV, AIDS (the disease caused by the virus) and viral hepatitis patients. The test is essential to define the most appropriate treatment for individuals who develop drug resistance.
The contract with the company that performed this test expired last November. However, the Ministry only announced a public notice on October 7th to look for a new service provider. But the process failed after the winning company failed to attach all the documents required by the public . . .