Peru President: Pharmacies will mandatorily sell generics to treat covid-19

17:15 | Lima, May. 19.

The Peruvian Government will include generic drugs —used in the treatment for coronavirus patients— into the list of generics approved last year and that all pharmacies and drugstores must mandatorily sell to citizens.

This was reported on Tuesday by the President of the Republic Martin Vizcarra, who criticized that some businesspeople —who want to take advantage of the misfortune caused by the covid-19 in the countryraise the prices of medicines sold to citizens.

"For scientists, it (covid-19) is a new disease. There is nothing written, but it has been found that some drugs improve the situation of patients. However, they (pharmacies) immediately start to speculate and raise the prices of these drugs," he lamented.

To face this situation, the top official said, the Ministry of Health (Minsa) will incorporate the drugs established to treat coronavirus into the list of generics that must be sold by all pharmacies nationwide.

Otherwise, those pharmacies will be liable to sanctions.

The statesman also indicated that the ministerial resolution —which includes the new medicines— will be published shortly and announced that an intense inspection has also been commissioned to verify that the new medicines —offered to the public as generics— are available to patients.

The Peruvian leader added that on May 20 a legal solution will be debated at the Council of Ministers, so that covid-19 patients can have access to the medicines they require through the health system and without bureaucratic obstacles. 

Initially set to last from March 16 to 30, the social isolation measure has been extended until May 24.

On this occasion, the President was joined by members of the Council of Ministers. The event was held at the Government Palace in Lima.

Tuesday marks the sixty-fifth day of mandatory social isolation.


Published: 5/19/2020
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