Brazilian Pharmacy Program Lowers Drugs’ Price by Up to 90%

    Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva says that the expansion of the "Farmácia Popular" (a network of state-run pharmacies) to 1,200 privately-owned pharmacies under a partnership agreement will be "a historical landmark in the history of healthcare in Brazil." The new pharmacies open  this Friday, March 24.

    According to the Ministry of Health, by associating with commercial pharmacies the Farmácia Popular will be able to provide consumers with medicines with price reductions of up to 90%.

    That will be important for low-income people with hypertension and diabetes, especially. The ministry estimates that some 11.5 million people will be directly benefited.

    The ministry says that there are estimated 16.8 million Brazilians over the age of 40 with hypertension and that 7.7 million of them are enrolled in the Unified Health System SUS – which is state-run and free to the public – meaning that they get free drugs.

    As for diabetes, it is estimated that there are 5 million people with the disease. Out of that number 2.6 million are enrolled in the SUS.

    The pharmacies will operate under a "co-participation system," in which the government will foot most of the bill for medicines (varying from 50% to 90%).

    Pharmacy Industry in Favor

    The ability to sell drugs at a low price in commercial pharmacies is a positive advance in the country’s healthcare system, says the pharmaceutical trade association (Federação Brasileira da Indústria Farmacêutica) (Febrafarma).

    And with the integration of commercial pharmacies and the state-run Farmácia Popular, people who formerly were unable to buy drugs will be directly benefited.

    "This is a measure that dovetails with the industry’s objectives. We believe we do have a social function. We follow economic logic as we strive to expand the consumer market (where millions of Brazilians are excluded)," declared a Febrafarma spokesperson.

    Febrafarma added that it sees a place in the future of the drug market for endeavors such as Farmácia Popular "capable of generating multiple benefits for the population in terms of health and quality of life, as well as expanding the market, increasing competitivity and knowledge."

    Agência Brasil

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    • Kim Luizzi

      I’m trying to find a list of Brazilian Pharmacies with phone numbers. Can you assist with this request, please?

      Thank you.

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    • Guest

      To the dear\”IDIOT\”.
      Let me throw a little sunshine of thuth in your idiotic mind…once again…
      Brazil and Cuba was the last country in the americas to officially abolish slavery…
      HAITI was the first country in the world to abolish slavery.
      BRITAIN in 1807.
      USA in 1864
      BRAZIL in 1888.
      NIGERIA in 1936.
      SAUDI ARABIA in 1962.
      So we see…your incopetence is shocking, your knowledge faulty at best… and unfortunatelly… YOU LIE A LOT.

    • Guest

      But I do read…
      The diference is that you don’t have the brains to understand the constitution, the laws in place protecting it’s people, and you want an imediate overnight solution to the social problem… you just don’t know enough portuguese to understand any fucking thig. So… you think you and your have the moral higher ground right? Let’s talk about impunity and corruption…TOM DELAY, JACK ABRAMOFF, MICHAEL SCANLON, ENRON,KENNETH LAY, BEN GLISAN, FASTOW, HULLIBURTON… and this one is specially for you… TUSKEGEE… of course you don’t know what I’m talking about, do you??? There’s another thing… if you realy believe in what you saying, by all means put your name and qualifications after your comments so we can all learn from this great mind of yours with this infite inside information that no one else have it just youuuuuuu!

    • Guest

      About Brazil history….and present !
      ….you imported 4 millions slaves.
      ….you were the last country in the world that “eliminated” on papers slavery.
      ….and that you STILL HAVE TODAY SLAVERY…..even recognized by your government !
      But no one large landowners have been put yet in jail for having slaves.
      NO ONE !

      Nothing to be proud of your history and of your present situation !!!!!!

      YOU HAVE GOOD LAWS BUT NOT APPLIED. YOUR LAWS written in your Constitution were written on toilet paper and then flushed !

      SAD REALITY AND TRUE IMPUNITY IS YOUR DAILY LIFE !

    • Guest

      You should read….
      …what Brazilian businessmen are saying AGAINST this administration under Lula leadership.
      ….you should read wehat the FIESP (Brazilian Federation of Industries of Sao Paulo) are saying against Lula and his junkies.
      But you probably never heard of FIESP, and you probably never read the Brazilian newspapers mentioning all the corruptions that this government does.

      What Lula did ? Ohhh yesss…….he legalized the vote buying in Brazil !
      He also delivered the smallest economic growth of ALL South American nations and the smallest economic growth of the world developing nations.
      He also delivered the world highest interests rate…after inflation !

      But he doesnt care, he did not borrow on his name but on your name, because at the end the Brazilian society
      will have to repay all these loans….in REAIS !
      Dont forget that contrary to what Lula says, he may have reduced the loans in foreign currencies BUT INCREASED BY 21 % IN 1 SINGLE YEAR THE NATIONAL DEBT IN REAIS.
      ANOTHER RECORD that will penalize YOUR SOCIETY IN THE FUTURE.
      But I guess that you dont know what is happening in your own country.
      Just read the IBGE statistics when they publish them.
      THIS IS BRAZILIAN STATISTICS !!!!!!

      SO MAY BE I KINOW MORE ABOUT BRAZIL THAN YOURSELF DO !

      Simply because I read the official numbers, not the ones given by Lula the liar !

    • Guest

      A question for you… is there any issue in the past 4 years of Lula administration that you actually liked? Becouse I tell you one thing …YOU DON’T KNOW SHIT ABOUT BRAZILIAN POLITICS, IT’S HISTORY AND IT’S PEOPLE… so shut the fuck up and get the hell out of the country…ASS HOLE!!!

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    • Guest

      What a joke !
      Why does he choose this year for the opening of these pharmacies and not during his first 3 years ?

      Anyone can guess why ! Elections, re-election are not that far away any more !!!!

      Furthermore this article is in total copntradiction with the article that follows, where the talk is on 500 Community Pharmacies, NOT 1200, and that 120 ARE ALREADY OPEN.

      FINALLY, contrary to what Lula says, all the pharmacies will not open TOMORROW…BUT WILL TAKE FAR MORE THAN A YEAR !!!

      Lula is really a junkie, a manipulator, a LIAR who betrays everyone.

      And you Brazilian Society just swallow everything that this guy is telling you !

      His true record is that during his mandate, Brazil has/had the worst economic growth of ALL developing nations !

      SIMPLE !

      NOTHING TO BE PROUD OF ! HE MADE YOU MISS WHAT EVERY OTHER DEVELOPING DID NOT : their biggest economic growth of the past several decades !

      L A M E N T A B L E !!!

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