CARDI dispensary: when a drug costs you three times more just for being Mexican
A year ago, the Mexican newspaper The universal published the complaint that . 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 " ". 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.