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Price of generic and reference products have differences of up to 56% in SP

Search Procon found prices of 58 drugs, 29 reference and 29 with the same active ingredient

 
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Comparison between the generic, it was found l.l32% difference in the box with 20 tablets of diclofenac sodium (50 mg)
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Comparison between the generic, it was found l.l32% difference in the box with 20 tablets of diclofenac sodium (50 mg)

The price difference between generic and reference products in the state capital rose from 50% in August. The information is from a survey conducted by Procon-SP. Last month, generics cost on average 56.63% less than the reference. Moreover, the price differences between one establishment and another reached over 1,000%.

Were calculated prices of 58 medicines, of which 29 reference and 29 with the same active ingredient or generic, found in 15 pharmacies in five regions of the state capital. Comparing the generic difference was found l.l32% in box with 20 tablets of diclofenac sodium (50 mg), which cost £ 1 in one establishment and another R $ 12.32.

Among the reference product, the same product arrived to present 364.29% difference from one pharmacy to another. Was the case Dexason (dexamethasone acetate, 1 mg / g), lab Teuto 1mg / g cream 10g, whose prices ranged between £ 2.10 and £ 9.75.

Outside the capital, the largest price fluctuation between generics reached 938%. The drug Paracetamol (200 mg / ml, 15 ml drops) was offered to R $ 0.89 in a pharmacy of St. Vincent, and other property, to R $ 9.24.

On the same town, it was 300% variation between the reference products. The price of Amoxil (GlaxoSmithKline, 500mg, 21 capsules) ranged from R $ 14.67 to R $ 58.68. The average generic prices reached 60.82% in São José dos Campos. The smallest variation was found in Presidente Prudente, 46.44%.

The Procon-SP recommends consumers that when buying medicines, make sure the lot numbers, expiration dates and date of manufacture coincide with those marked on the cards or bottles. Furthermore, it should be noted that all medication must have registration number with the Ministry of Health

According to the National Health Surveillance Agency (ANVISA), the reference product is the innovative product registered in the competent federal agency whose efficacy, safety and quality have been proven scientifically. According to ANVISA, generics and similar can be considered copies of the reference medicine.

Source: Isaude.net
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