Brazil To Provide Free Diabetes and High Blood Pressure Medications

President Rousseff Photo: Roberto Stuckert Filho/Presidência da República

President Rousseff Photo: Roberto Stuckert Filho/Presidência da República

BBC News reports:

Brazil is to provide free medicines for everyone suffering from high blood pressure or diabetes.

The drugs will be distributed through a nationwide network of budget pharmacies, where many medicines are already heavily subsidised.

President Dilma Rousseff said the measure was part of her campaign to end extreme poverty in Brazil.

About 33 million Brazilians have high blood pressure, and more than seven million have diabetes.

The free medicines will be available to all Brazilians who have a doctor’s prescription, but the authorities say they expect the offer to be taken up mainly by poorer people who use the public health system.

They will be distributed through 15,000 chemist shops that belong to the “Popular Pharmacies” network, where many drugs are already sold at a 90% discount.

[Continues at BBC News]

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  • Liam_McGonagle

    See, it’s exactly this type of Maoist bullshit that’s destroying the Brazilian economy .

    Oh wait a minute . . .

    http://www.bcb.gov.br/htms/relinf/ing/2010/06/ri201006sei.pdf

    [Hint: It’s not the banking sector that’s pulling them out of the hole http://www.altiusdirectory.com/Business/brazil-economy.php ]

    • http://voxmagi-necessarywords.blogspot.com/ VoxMagi

      See…thats what I get for being late on the draw. I was all stoked to make acerbic, bitter commentary about the hideous failures of socialist policies and the horror and evil that they unleash…like healthy happy people living productive lives…but you beat me to it.

  • Anonymous

    See, it’s exactly this type of Maoist bullshit that’s destroying the Brazilian economy .

    Oh wait a minute . . .

    http://www.bcb.gov.br/htms/relinf/ing/2010/06/ri201006sei.pdf

    [Hint: It’s not the banking sector that’s pulling them out of the hole http://www.altiusdirectory.com/Business/brazil-economy.php ]

  • http://voxmagi-necessarywords.blogspot.com/ VoxMagi

    See…thats what I get for being late on the draw. I was all stoked to make acerbic, bitter commentary about the hideous failures of socialist policies and the horror and evil that they unleash…like healthy happy people living productive lives…but you beat me to it.

  • rtb61

    Somehow I think a campaign of a government subsidised healthy food locally supplied takeaway program might make more sense. They could supply direct to the public and distribute into schools as well. Simple healthy meals, locally organically produced, free of junk industrial additives, veterinary grade antibiotics and hormone additives.
    Reducing the need for diabetes and high blood pressure pharmaceuticals makes more sense than supplying them cheaply.
    Those distribution points could be franchised as well as the supply and as part of the government subsidy subject to substantive regulatory, labour and quality control, with everything in the chain done at cost and the government basically subsidising the defined profit margin.

  • Anonymous

    Somehow I think a campaign of a government subsidised healthy food locally supplied takeaway program might make more sense. They could supply direct to the public and distribute into schools as well. Simple healthy meals, locally organically produced, free of junk industrial additives, veterinary grade antibiotics and hormone additives.
    Reducing the need for diabetes and high blood pressure pharmaceuticals makes more sense than supplying them cheaply.
    Those distribution points could be franchised as well as the supply and as part of the government subsidy subject to substantive regulatory, labour and quality control, with everything in the chain done at cost and the government basically subsidising the defined profit margin.

  • http://www.dinnerwarecenter.com/ Martincspencer

    This is good news for those patients belonging to the marginalized sector. They will be able to survive their condition with the help of the government.

  • http://www.weddingfavourskingdom.co.uk/ Annegwells

    The Government must teach the people to be independent. To end poverty, the government must enhance the capability of the people to stand on their own.

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