The ruling is based on a petition presented in February by the National Federation of Patients with Critical, Chronic and Degenerative Diseases.
Orlando Quintero, a representative of the federation, stressed that the ministry's policy did not guarantee the quality and efficacy of certain medicines, thus putting the lives of patients at risk. The group demanded that the standards of food and medicine from the United States and Europe be taken into account at the time of the purchase of medicines.
Ministry of Health official Jenny Vergara and Social Security Director Estivenson Giron have said the decision will be reviewed by the legal teams for each entity.
"The intention has always been to provide quality drugs to policyholders," said Giron.
Meanwhile, Julio Osorio, leader of the National Medical Negotiating Commission, said that new tenders to buy drugs should be issued by the agency's to comply with the court's decision.