Drugs increase: Buying aspirin in Argentina costs up to four times more than in the United States
The Pharmacy has become impossible for those who have an inflated account of medications to buy every month. Beyond the coverage of prepaid, social works and PAMI, values exceed inflation even in the most used, such as those that help with allergies or the thyroid.
According to Argentine Health Union (UAS), which brings together private health providers and funders, such as clinics and prepaid, in August, outpatient drugs increased by 3.2%, above the general CPI, which was 2.5%. It was the month with the lowest rate of increase of the whole year, they admit from the private health sector, but in the first half of the year, there were products that increased “well above the mark. ‘inflation index’ over the same period, which was 25.3%.
Among the examples of hikes strongest quote Al expectorant Bisolvon, with an increase of almost 140%; Nutrilon Soya infant formulas with 119%; NAN Optipro modified infant milk (117%).
Other widely used drugs such as Dexalergine, which helps against allergies, and Levothyroxine for the thyroid, they had increases of 78.22% and 49.14%, respectively.
According to the SAMU, drugs increased by 62.8% between August 2020 and August 2021, While headline inflation for this period was 51.4%. Private health care also exceeded the general level: 57.1%.
Some of the drugs that the book cites are fully paid for by prepaid, such as contraceptive pills, and that is why the document has its own intentions: it is research conducted by the Observatory of Costs of the Institution, which seeks to put the magnifying glass on the increases that finance companies (prepaid) must absorb while they have their increases controlled by the Superintendence of Health Services.
The increase in prepaid fees They have been a source of tension between business and government and even led to complaints of nationalization by the private sector. Finally, the increases were unlocked by the joint health staff, and in October, the third “step” of four equal to 9% was applied.
The drug makers’ response came from Industrial Chamber of Argentine Pharmaceutical Laboratories (Cilfa), which caused import costs to rise due to the pandemic, that the above-inflation price hike occurred across the region and, most importantly, that the measurement of the values does not take into account what happens with the PAMI drugs, They represent a large part of what the labs sell.
The report also compares prices of the most widely used drugs internationally. “Compared to the United States, in Argentina the prices of the most consumed drugs double, triple and even quadruple compared to the minimum wage”, details the text.
For example, the price of Bayaspirin it is four times higher than in the United States compared to the minimum wage. Of course, in this sentence hide two interconnected realities of Argentina: the loss of purchasing power of wages, which has been losing for 41 months in the face of inflation, and rising prices, sometimes very strong in the case of drugs.
“In our country, the busker and metformin, used for the treatment of type II diabetes, costs three times more than in the United States, ”adds the document.
Above medication for hospitalization, UAS reported that the The price goes up During the month of August 2021 compared to the previous month it was 4% (above the general level, which was 2.5%) and it is estimated that during the month of September the increase will again reach 3.5% or 4%.
Finally, he points out that Thirteen of the 30 most used expensive drugs are over $ 418,000. Give two examples of cancer drugs to point out that some of them are much more expensive in Argentina than in other countries. The first is Erbitux, which is up to 284% more expensive than in the UK. The second is Avastin, up to 141% more expensive than in Spain and up to 205% more expensive than in the UK.
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