TIJUANA BC (El Sol de Tijuana, Krystel Gómez Seville, 5/24/11) - Yesterday the official Consultative Council of Spirits was formed. It is presided over by Mario Escobedo Carignan, who assured he would seek to support the municipal administration to suppress excessive alcohol use, as well as its regulation and control over the exploitation of license sales. Just after two o'clock in the afternoon this citizen Council was formed. It is intended to analyze, support and create public policies aimed at safeguarding the order and security of citizens concerning alcohol laws in the city. The Council consists of five representatives of the permisionarios, five representatives of non-governmental organizations and the Secretary of Government, Alcide Roberto Beltrones Rivera, as representative of the municipal authority. Escobedo Carignan, owner of the Business Coordinating Council and this Council is a representative of the food sector in the region. He was appointed Chairman of the Advisory Council. Under the tenor, he said their focus is on topics such as prevention, policies of social responsibility and theme of the times. "We, in principle, are looking for current licenses to be respected," said Mario Escobedo Carignan. Operational conditions don’t affect all similarly because circumstances, investment and location suggest different needs. In that regard, he suggested that there should be some considerations for those who do not meet with the provisions of civil protection, fire, and those with a history of juvenile theft, selling drugs or others. Among agencies that are members of the Advisory Council of Alcohol are the owners of Canaco, Cotuco, Coparmex, representatives of the Red Cross, Alcoholics Anonymous, a service club, an academic institution, and representatives of merchants and the tourism sector.

TIJUANA BC (El Sol de Tijuana, Laura Sánchez Law, 5/24/11) - Although there is a slight recovery of 7% in sales on avenida Revolución, this comes after restrictions were implemented by the Federal Commission for Protection against Health Risks (Cofepris), which disallowed the sale of medicines without a prescription. Ten area pharmacies have been closed. "The flow of customers is lower and now we don’t even sell much Viagra. It was one of the most purchased products", lamented Julián Palombo, President of the Association of Merchants and Tourists in Tijuana. Interviewed at the offices of the National Chamber of Commerce (Canaco), he recalled that since 2010, when the sale of some drugs without a prescription medical was banned, "the pharmaceutical sector in the area went down". He said that the Latino community used to cross into Tijuana to buy drugs because it was cheaper and more accessible, and they now have to get to a doctor to issue a prescription. Despite the 7% of recovery that registered in 2011 on avenida Revolución Este, the pharmaceutical market of past has failed to recover from the economic crisis under the current measures imposed by the Cofepris. "It was one sector which could survive, but no longer", lamented Julián Palombo. He revealed that before August 2010 there were 30 pharmacies. Now, there are about 20. Until some years ago, pharmacies on avenida Revolución had been a catalyst to combat low tourism turnout in the region. Even on some internet sites, Tijuana was referenced as where to buy "illegal or controlled drugs". Some avenida Revolución pharmaceutical retailers previously revealed to El Sol de Tijuana that sales have dropped significantly, recalling that in times past Asian buyers carried up to 1,000 boxes of Viagra, a medication related to erectile dysfunction. "American consumers also came and they bought 'x' medication and took advantage of buying Viagra too, for example. Now client flow is less but even so, we still sell some Viagra," concluded Julián Palombo.

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