Effective as of April 1, the annual medication readjustment was defined by the Medicines Market Regulation Chamber (CMED).
According to the entity, the adjustment, made annually, allows more transparency in what is charged by pharmacies and stimulates the competitiveness of the drug industry. This year, the rate will increase by up to 4.33%.
The percentage already had an average estimate to be followed. In February, the Association of the Pharmaceutical Research Industry (Interfarma), said that the increase could be even greater, around 4.46%.
But only on Monday (01), CMED defined the percentage of 4.33%, within the number stipulated by Interfarma.
It is worth remembering that the increase is not done automatically in prices. That is, it does not mean that the remedies will necessarily go up.
According to the Ministry of Health, the readjustment is only a permitted ceiling. Each pharmaceutical company can choose a percentage within this range, according to its commercial strategy .
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How is the readjustment done?
The readjustment is a calculation used to correct drug prices on an equal basis annually.