Rising drug prices: find out how to save

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The recent increase in the price of medicines should impact Brazilians’ pockets. More than 10 thousand presentations of medicines for continuous use increased by 4.5%. The increase came into effect on Sunday 31with validation from the government of President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva.

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The percentage arose from the annual adjustment ceiling established by Medicines Market Regulation Chamber (Cmed)linked to the federal government.

In the State of Rio de Janeiro, consumers should feel the increase in prices more in the coming weeks. This is because, on March 20, the increase in the Tax on the Circulation of Goods and Provision of Services (ICMS) also came into effect, from 18% to 20%. When adding this to the rate from the State Fund to Combat Poverty, the rate reaches 22% — the highest in the country. The increase must be passed on to consumers.

Price variation for some medicines

Pharmaceutical companies cannot increase prices above the limit | Photo: HeungSoon/ ixabay

There is also a price change that occurs dynamically at the point of contact with the end consumer. Although the 2023 adjustment ceiling was set at 5.6%, CliqueFarma, a tool that compares prices of products sold in pharmacies, found increases of up to 250% in the same year.

Tips for saving on medicines

  1. Compare prices between pharmacies;
  2. Negotiate the values, since medicine pricing is dynamic;
  3. Check generic prices; It is
  4. Check your rights in public programs. Farmácia Popular has free medicines or with a significant price reduction, and several city halls provide medicines at their health centers.

Free medicines and supplies from Farmácia Popular:

  • ipratropium bromide 0.02mg
  • ipratropium bromide 0.25mg
  • beclomethasone dipropionate 200mcg
  • beclomethasone dipropionate 250mcg
  • beclomethasone dipropionate 50mcg
  • salbutamol sulfate 100mcg
  • salbutamol sulfate 5mg
  • metformin hydrochloride 500mg
  • metformin hydrochloride 500mg – prolonged action
  • metformin hydrochloride 850mg
  • glibenclamide 5mg
  • regular human insulin 100iu/ml
  • human insulin 100iu/ml
  • atenolol 25mg
  • amlodipine besylate 5mg
  • captopril 25mg
  • propranolol hydrochloride 40mg
  • hydrochlorothiazide 25mg
  • losartan potassium 50mg
  • enalapril maleate 10mg
  • spironolactone 25mg
  • furosemide 40mg
  • metoprolol succinate 25mg
  • medroxyprogesterone acetate 150mg
  • ethinylestradiol 0.03mg + levonorgestrel 0.15mg
  • norethisterone 0.35mg
  • estradiol valerate 5mg + norethisterone enanthate 50mg
  • sodium alendronate 70mg

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