Drugs without cancer patients -
This is not innovative and expensive drugs. Portuguese cancer patients are having trouble getting tamoxifen, due to the bargaining inability of Portugal to the laboratories.
The sales strategy of pharmaceutical companies is to make missing in Portugal standard drugs for the treatment of breast cancer, the denunciation of the director of the Breast Unit of the Champalimaud Clinical Center, Fatima Cardoso.
The investigator told the TSF program "Talk delas" that already has "some patients unable to access to one of the most important medicines in oncology which is tamoxifen. The drug that more lives saved in relation to breast cancer."
Fatima Cardoso stresses that "been more than a year without an essential medicine for the treatment of brain metastases. We had this drug for a few months and no longer have it again."
Para fazer face a esta carência originada pela política de vendas dos laboratórios, "a nível europeu há muitos países que se estão a unir para terem maior poder de negociação" face à industria.
To address this shortage caused by the sales policy of laboratories, "the European level there are many countries that are joining to have greater bargaining power" against the industry.
Source: website "TSF.pt" and author on 20 October 2016