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Cien Saude Colet. 2017 Aug;22(8):2501-2512. doi: 10.1590/1413-81232017228.01442017.

Farmácia Popular Program: pharmaceutical market analysis of antihypertensive acting on the renin-angiotensin system medicines.

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1
Departamento de Política de Medicamentos e Assistência Farmacêutica, Escola Nacional de Saúde Pública Sergio Arouca, Fiocruz. R. Leopoldo Bulhões 1480, Manguinhos. 21041-210 Rio de Janeiro RJ Brasil. rondineli.mendes@gmail.com.
2
Faculdade de Farmácia, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro. Macaé RJ Brasil.
3
Departamento de Medicina Social, Faculdade de Medicina. Universidade Federal de Pelotas. Pelotas RS Brasil.
4
Department of Population Medicine, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Institute and Harvard Medical School. Boston MA United States of America.

Abstract

This paper aims to analyse changes in the retail pharmaceutical market following policy changes in the Farmácia Popular Program (FP), a medicines subsidy program in Brazil. The retrospective longitudinal analyses focus on therapeutic class of agents acting on the renin-angiotensin system. Data obtained from QuintilesIMS (formerly IMS Health) included private retail pharmacy sales volume (pharmaceutical units) and sales values from 2002 to 2013. Analyses evaluated changes in market share following key FP policy changes. The therapeutic class was selected due to its relevance to hypertension treatment. Market share was analysed by therapeutic sub-classes and by individual company. Losartan as a single product accounted for the highest market share among angiotensin II antagonists. National companies had higher sales volume during the study period, while multinational companies had higher sales value. Changes in pharmaceutical market share coincided with the inclusion of specific products in the list of medicines covered by FP and with increases in or exemption from patient copayment.

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