Public Policies in the Pharmaceutical Sector: A Case Study of Brazil
(2000; 34 pages)


This discussion paper provides an overview of pharmaceutical sector trends in Brazil. It focuses on three key areas in the pharmaceutical sector: supply and distribution, financing, and institutional capacity. The report concludes that focusing on: a) strengthening the enforcement of drug regulations and b) building public procurement capacity could improve the availability of cost-effective and appropriate quality drug supplies for the poorest members of the population. Public-private partnerships in pharmaceuticals could contribute to greater effectiveness in both sectors. This report was based on consultations with stakeholders in Brazil and Washington from September 1998-March 1999, as well as on policy documents and legislation relevant to the pharmaceutical sector.

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