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Table 2 Mean availability (%) and price of the 36 medicines dispensed by the Popular Pharmacy (n = 4 facilities)

From: Is the Brazilian pharmaceutical policy ensuring population access to essential medicines?

City Lowest-priced generic Lowest-priced similar
  n1 Price Availability n Price Availability
   MPR2(Min—Max) Mean % (SD)   MPR (Min—Max) Mean % (SD)
Porto Alegre 8 3.63 (1.30–11.41) 22.2 (42.2) 25 2.61 (0.33–15.17) 69.4 (46.7)
Caxias do Sul 8 2.88 (1.30–11.41) 22.2 (42.2) 25 2.61 (0.33–15.17) 69.4 (46.7)
São Leopoldo 7 2.64 (1.30–11.41) 19.4 (40.1) 28 2.86 (0.33–15.17) 77.8 (42.2)
Bagé 6 4.12 (1.30–11.41) 16.7 (37.8) 29 2.61 (0.33–15.17) 80.6 (40.1)
Total 10 2.88 (1.30–11.41) 20.1 (35.8) 31 2.64 (0.33–15.17) 74.3 (38.0)
  1. 1 Number of medicines included in the analysis of the MPR.
  2. 2MPR median price ratios (= median prices / IRP) → IRP international reference prices (MSH, 2007).
  3. Sample of six cities from the Rio Grande do Sul state, Brazil, 2008-9.