The cheapest, Lamotrigine 0.25 milligrams (mg), costs $ 15 in the market. It is used by patients with epilepsy. The most expensive, the Tysabri (Natalizumabe), reaches R $ 6,690 in the average price. It is to treat cases of multiple sclerosis, a disease that compromises the central nervous system and has degenerative action.
A list of 16 medicines that should be passed on free of charge by the General Hospital of Fortaleza (HGF) to patients with special diseases – rare, chronic or incurable – are missing or have frequent problems of stock, within the distribution program executed in the unit. These are medicines that can not be interrupted by the patient, at risk of compromising the treatment or even leading to death.
POVO Online was at HGF on Monday, the 17th, in the morning, and attested the lack of the 16 medications on that date. For different indications: treatment of tumors, Parkinson's disease, Alzheimer's, shortness of breath, for hepatitis control, anxiety disorder or even for control the level of copper in the body or osteoporosis (bone weakening). Registered patients participate in the program, the majority evaluated in consultation in the HGF itself.
The absence in the inventory was confirmed from a list obtained by a relative of a patient attended by the program and passed on to O POVO Online. Without identifying himself, the reporter got in line and asked about the availability of the remedies. The information was confirmed by a hospital pharmacy clerk.
The problem was later reaffirmed in a note by the State Department of Health (Sesa). Some of the items have already been missing repeatedly since March, according to reports from more family members heard in the report. Also by telephone, in contacts made to the HGF Pharmacy on Tuesday morning, 18, some of the medications, randomly selected, remained unplanned.
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At the service desk, under the employee's keyboard, the list of out-of-stock drugs is work material to guide patients or relatives. It is updated daily, according to one of the attendants. Everolimo 0.5 mg, which has immunosuppressive agents to strengthen the body's defense of transplanted patients, costs R $ 1,223. Depending on the dosage indicated by the doctor, it can reach almost R $ 15 thousand in some formulas.
POVO Online has consulted on average prices on resale sites – which even participate in public tenders. Another of the most expensive is the Somatuline (lanreotide acetate) of 90 or 100mg, which costs R $ 3,740. It is applied in patients with acromegaly, a disease that causes excessive production of growth hormone.