CARDI dispensary: when a drug costs you three times more just for being Mexican

The clinic of the Integral Development Accompaniment and Recovery Center (CARDI), a socio-sanitary project of the Augustinian Recollects in Mexico City, is one of the services of the project with the most demand from the beneficiaries and which also requires more resources.
News | 2019 Mar 07

A year ago, the Mexican newspaper   The universal   published the complaint that   in Mexico, medicines are more expensive than gold . The subtitle used an average guideline:   three times more expensive   than in the rest of   Latin America , and especially for the Mexican are the medicines against   cancer , or chronic illnesses such as   diabetes   or the   HIV , according to the organization   Public Eye.

In addition, large pharmaceutical companies have taken advantage of this market situation; the   giant MSD   delayed for four years the arrival in Mexican pharmacies of retroviral   Atripla   to continue selling separately, during those years,   Efavirenz ,   Emtricitabine   Y   Tenofovir , that  Atripla   combines for 25% of the price with respect to the purchase of the three separately.

An interdisciplinary scientific team published in the   magazine   Family care   the article " Implications, access and cost of medicines in Mexico. Pending economic paradigm ". In their development, they explain that   to be in good health   in   Mexico   it has become a   goal   every time   harder to reach   for the average citizen. The determining factor for this serious difficulty is precisely the   cost of medicines .

The   General health law   in the matter of medicine is not respected at all and a true lack  of pharmaceutical policy   that allows improvements in the health-disease process , which worsens as the population is more vulnerable.

The   real figures   put on notice about this situation regarding access to medicines: from the   119 million   of people living in Mexico, only   50.7   million are economically active, less than half the population of the country; and of these, the   67.25%   earn   less than five thousand pesos   ( 227 euros ) per month; only the   6.58%   of Mexicans earn more than five minimum wages.

In short, the   lack of access   to medicines for economic reasons produces the   chronicity   and expenses   more permanent and sustained   by abandonment or non-initiation of therapies, in a   vicious circle   that may end up in   death   of the patient or in   even greater decrease of their incomes  without even getting to health. The patients usually lower the   number of doses   or the   required time   of therapy for the cure for this lack of financial means.

With these data and their social implications, it can be easily deduced the reasons why the   medicine dispensary   of the   Center for Integral Development Support and Recovery   ( CARDI ), the social-health project of the   Augustinian Recollects   in  Mexico City , is one of its   services with more demand  and to which almost all the beneficiaries arrive.

The service   delivers medication   at a selling price or even lower, when possible, to patients from hospitals in the area and to the general public, presenting a recent valid medical prescription.

Other items are also offered as   Disposable diapers   or   sanitary towels   for those who have a relative admitted to hospitals and have indicated that they must provide them for the time of stay in the hospital, since these items are not freely provided by the hospital.

The   medication delivery   it is done from Monday to Friday from 10am to 5:45 in the afternoon, and on Saturdays from 10am to 1:45pm. Monday and Tuesday, from 11am to 1pm, a   doctor   also offers   advice and consultations .

There are two pillars for this service to work: that of the   benefactors who donate   medications or monetary resources for purchase; and that of the   Volunteers , those who during these hours of service are attending the public and, outside those hours, carrying out all the tasks necessary for the service to work.

"It's wonderful, although at times I suffer from not knowing more about medicines and their specialty",   said one of the volunteers. For this reason, specialized training courses are carried out periodically to these volunteers.

Already trained volunteers can  classify donated medications, which they do according to two criteria:   type of therapy   or specialty for which they serve; And expiration date , to be delivered in a timely manner.

In addition , the   Procedures  in the delivery of medicines, receipt of prescriptions, and preparation of receipts are revised so that they can safely and efficiently resolve all cases that arise during the day of consultation.

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