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Medicine Shortage Threatens two Million Patients in Brazil

By Xiu Ying, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - On March 12th, 2019, a letter from the National Council of Health Secretaries (Conass) addressed to Luiz Henrique Mandetta's cabinet warned that the situation concerning public drug supplies in all states of the federation is critical.

The document outlined an overview of the shortage, a problem that has dragged on for years, but worsened in the early months of the Jair Bolsonaro administration.

Out of a total of 134 medicines that are compulsorily distributed by the Ministry of Health, 25 are in zero supply in all states and another 18 . . .

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