New list to prevent medication shortages to be created
“This list of critical drugs will be established by experts
in the pharmaceutical and medical field and will be validated by the partners”,
explained Manuel Pizarro, underlining: “With regard to each of the products on
this list, we will take special measures to ensure that these (…) cannot be
scarce in pharmacies”.
The Minister of Health, who was speaking to journalists in
Lisbon, at the end of the commemorative session of Infarmed’s 30th anniversary,
specified that this list “will help to monitor the risk”, but
stressed that, for the time being, “there is no shortage of anything
“Having such a list will allow for more careful and
attentive monitoring,” he insisted.
The minister underlined that the Portuguese industry, or
that is based in Portugal, “exported more than 2,000 million euros in the
health area”, mostly medicines, but recalled that Portugal continues to have a
“very deficit” trade balance.
“We continue to import much more medicine than we export
and, therefore, it is also necessary to invest in the national industry to
improve this economy in the area of health”, he insisted.