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More on differences between the US and Brazil

In Brazil and many other countries, you buy your prescription drugs in pharmacies and get a package containing usually 30 or 45 or 60 pills. You get them immediately and walk out.

In the US, I already get moody every time I have to brave the pharmacy line. First you have to go to drop off, then they tell you to come back 20 or 30 minutes later, then you return and face the pick up line, after giving the pharmacist your name and waiting for them to find your prescription amongst others’. It is an ordeal. Additionally,  many doctors do not give you an amount that covers you for 6 months, let’s say, or the pharmacy only allows you to buy a month’s supply at a time. So you need repeated visits to your local pharmacy if you are taking long term drugs, like birth control pills. I have no idea why birth control pills need prescription, they should be given free to prevent superpopulation!

The only advantage I see in the American system is that you have almost no left overs. In Brazil, If you have 60 pills and only need 50, you throw away 10. Still, I wonder if there is a monetary gain in this system.  Readers, if you are more familiar with the system, please enlighten me. Thank you.


August 12, 2008 - Posted by | Difference between cultures

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