Use of generics increases during the COVID-19 pandemic in Mexico

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During the last month of July 2020, the pharmacist sector affiliated with the National Association of Medicines Retailers (Asociación Nacional de Distribuidores de Medicina A.C, ANADIM) reported an average sales growth of 23% fostered by the demand of generic medicines. 

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The ANADIM, that groups 17 chains with more than 10,500 points of sale, recorded the growth since the end of February to early August 2020, the category of generic medicines is the only one with a 19.1% growth in annual sales. On the other hand, the over-the-counter medicines, also known as OTC, had an annual shrinkage of 0.3%, and the patented drugs had an annual shrinkage of 0.1%.

‘The sale of generics is the one that generated the highest growth, fostered by two drivers, that most of the COVID-19 patients’ prescriptions are by their active substance and that people look for savings’, said the President of ANADIM, Santiago González, and he pointed out that the main prescribed generics have been linked with the international news that classify them as COVID-19 treatments, ivermectin grew 651.7% in annual sales since the pandemic started, followed by oseltamivir with 321.9%, dexametasone with 169.9% and azithromycin with 75.8%.

In August 2020, the Federal Commission for Protection against Health Risks (Comisión
Federal para la Protección contra Riesgos Sanitarios, COFEPRIS) had announced its support to the generics medicines production, opening affordable options for the general population in addition to favouring the expansion of bidding for the public procurement, through the national pharmacological industry [1].

In a press conference on 14 November 2020, ‘A new generic medicines market’ strategy was revealed by the Health and Economic Secretaries, fostering a broader and stronger generic medicines market, for the benefit of Mexican nationals [1].

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