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Vital AIDS medicine withheld from Algarve hospitals

pillsAlgarve MP Cristóvão Norte has demanded of the government that there really should be medicine available in the region’s hospitals, especially drugs needed for the treatment of AIDS.

In the face of thoese being treated with drugs discovering there aren’t many available, Cristóvão Norte, a Social Democratic Party MP, said that those needing drugs for rare and chronic diseases are in "despair" that their drug supplies are intermittent at best.

Norte says that there has been "an unusual increase in complaints from patients and their families about the lack of medicines in the Algarve’s hospitals. Many of these cases, which have already been highlighted on more than one occasion by PSD MPs in parliament, continue with some becoming more serious.

“This leads patients in despair to go to hospital pharmacies to collect their prescribed medication - many have rare and chronic diseases – that is essential to preserve the quality of life of these citizens and, due to successive delays, suffer a decline in health, always causing great anguish for vulnerable people," said Norte.

Two of the delayed medicines are used to treat primary immunodeficiency syndromes, chronic lymphocytic leukemia, hypogammaglobulinemia and bacterial infections, a key drug in the treatment of AIDS.

"This is just an example. It is very important that access to health care for these citizens is not jeopardised, as many of them have high levels of disability, recognised by the State, and the need for medication to be taken at the right time is essential," concluded the MP.

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+4 #3 Steven 2019-06-14 10:58
Quoting Lisa Canada:
It has nothing to do with pharma. These hospitals have no organization or human care. They are dirty, understaffed, overworked and a complete mess. A prime example of why a national health system simply does not work.



The alternative is a US style health system where people die because they can't afford insurance. A public health system can work far better than it does here with sufficient funding, good wages and management. Australia is a prime example, quality public health system. Portugal has got what it voted for, mediocrity!! Little wonder educated medical staff move into the private system where they can be paid an appropriate wage and conditions they fully deserve.
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-6 #2 Lisa Canada 2019-06-14 05:08
It has nothing to do with pharma. These hospitals have no organization or human care. They are dirty, understaffed, overworked and a complete mess. A prime example of why a national health system simply does not work.
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+1 #1 TT 2019-06-13 19:25
There may well be dark forces at work exacerbating this situation, and not necessarily within the health service.
Pharma have a habit of charging as much as the customer will pay - or more perhaps - so the cost of these drugs may be extremely inflated.
Here is but one example:
https://www.yahoo.com/news/aoc-asks-pharma-ceo-why-171300682.html/
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