Brazil Spreads Low-Cost Popular Pharmacies

    Brazil’s Ministry of Health inaugurated March 21 seven more units of the Community Pharmacy program. The program objective is to increase popular access to medications. 89 products used to treat the most common illnesses in Brazil are currently being offered.

    Minister Humberto Costa attended the opening ceremony at the unit in Olinda, a city in the state of Pernambuco (in the Northeast region of Brazil).


    Six more units were also inaugurated in the cities of Recife (Pernambuco), Curitiba (Paraná), Teresina (Piauí­), Belém (Pará), Fortaleza (Ceará) e Sobradinho (Distrito Federal).


    The Community Pharmacy program now has a total of 38 units in 15 Brazilian cities, providing an important alternative for over 30 million people to have access to medications. The program benefits low-income individuals by selling products without markup.


    The list of pharmaceutical products sold through the Ministry of Health’s Community Pharmacy program includes male condoms. The decision was one of the acts that marked the World Day to Combat Aids, commemorated on December 1.


    According to the coordinator of the Community Pharmacy, Jamaira Giora, it will be possible to purchase condoms for less than what they cost at regular pharmacies.


    “In the Popular Pharmacy, they cost US$ 0.30. On the average, they will be 85% cheaper than in commercial pharmacies.”


    Giora says that, besides condoms, other medications will be added to the list.


    “We now have 89 items. We have added five items in the past two months and are analyzing the inclusion of another five. Two should join the list, one to control cholesterol and the other for hypertension.”


    The Ministry’s Community Pharmacy of Brazil program got underway in June 2004. According to Giora, the Ministry’s goal is to have 100 pharmacies in operation by the end of 2005.


    ABr

    Tags:

    • Show Comments (0)

    Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

    comment *

    • name *

    • email *

    • website *

    This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

    Ads

    You May Also Like

    Case of Farc-PT Scandal Closed by Brazilian Senate

    The investigation of the alleged donation of US$ 5 million by the Revolutionary Armed ...

    Brazil: Why Is the Speaker Crying?

    João Paulo, the Speaker of the House, cried because he is irretrievably immersed in ...

    Brazil: Waiting for Lula… to Get Out

    Lula’s administration is still mired in inefficiency and inability to deliver any programs to ...

    US dollar bills

    Brazil’s Answer to Global Crisis: US$ 50 Billion Dollar Auction

    Brazil's Central Bank (BC) decided this Thursday, October 23, to implement a foreign exchange ...

    Esso gas station in Argentina

    Exxon Mobil Leaves South America. Brazil’s Petrobras Wants Its Assets

    Brazil's state-controlled oil company Petrobras, Venezuela's PDVSA and two Argentine groups are all interested ...

    Wider Use of Air Conditioning in Brazil Pushes Energy Consumption Up

    Electricity consumption in Brazil totaled 28.6 gigawatt-hours in February, a 5.5% increase in comparison ...

    The Twilight of the Gods in Manaus

    A German Ring in the Brazilian Rainforest: Part II

    For the record, the Brazilian operatic event of the year – the Teatro Amazonas’ ...

    Brazil: Delmiro’s Legacy in the Backlands

    Known locally as the crossroads of the sertão, Petrolina in Pernambuco, and Juazeiro in ...

    Brazil produced honey

    Piauí­, in Brazil’s Northeast, Becomes Honey Hub

    The northeastern Brazilian state of PiauÀ­ answered to 27.7% of total honey exports from ...