The State of São Paulo Forum on NGO/AIDS (FOAESP) registered a letter in the Ministry of Health, requiring the transference of the Hepatitis C medicines from the list of specific medication to the list of strategic medication.

That might facilitate HCV patients’ access to drugs, as it would be unbureaucratic.

Check the following letter.

São Paulo, February 27, 2018


Excellency Mr.
Minister of Health
and the Secretary of the Health Surveillance
Esplanada dos Ministérios
Brasília – DF

REF.: Transference of Hepatitis C drugs to the Strategic Medication List
Excellency the Minister,


The State of São Paulo Forum on NGO/AIDS (FOAESP), collegiate body which joins more than one hundred organizations acting on prevention, treatment and Human Rights assistance to people living with HIV/AIDS and Sexually Transmissive Infections (STD), claims, through this document, the transference of the Hepatitis C medicines from the “specific medication list” to the “strategic medication list”.


The average budget execution for hepatitis C is one billion reais and hepatitis C drugs are listed as specific. That causes delays on the medicine supply as on the treatment, obstructing access of the eligible patients, as also embarrassing the monitoring of resources dispensed to acquire the drugs.


The annual budget for HIV/AIDS is one billion reais, the medicines dispensed on the treatment of the HIV are in the Ministry of Health strategic medication list, that eases their distribution to the patients through the “Unidades Dispensadoras de Medicamentos” (Drug Distribution Centers) and guarantees to the society the access to information about the destiny of the resources as well as the follow up of their destiny.
The chart below represents the treatment with DAAs datas


Local Total HIC-HCV co-infection
City of São Paulo 7.185 (18/09/2017) 1.031 (18/09/2017) (14,4%)
State of São Paulo 23.466 (18/09/2017) 3.070 (18/09/2017) (13,1%)
Brazil 57.080 (until the 3rd trimester) 3.649 (03/07/2017) (6,4%)
We are concerned about the access to these medicines on the current list it is. In the state of São Paulo alone, the diagnosis of HIV/ hepatitis C confection is more than 14.000 individuals, while the treatments accumulated until 2015 are under 4.000.


Based on the arguments above, we claim the analysis of our request.


Rodrigo Pinheiro