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The Financial Impact of Obesity in Brazil and Mexico's Healthcare Systems is Driving Partial Coverage of Obesity Drugs in Formularies at the State, Municipal and Hospital Levels
Date:7/22/2013

BURLINGTON, Mass., July 22, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Decision Resources, one of the world's leading research and advisory firms for pharmaceutical and healthcare issues, finds that while prescription weight-loss drugs currently lack nationwide coverage in Brazil and Mexico, the high and increasing prevalence of obesity and its associated healthcare costs are motivating openness to government coverage of certain brands. In Mexico, approximately half of surveyed physicians can access Roche's Xenical, or generic equivalents, through hospital and/or state formularies. In Brazil, recently issued government guidelines for the prevention and treatment of obesity provide a framework for incorporation of safe and effective weight-loss drugs into formularies at the state and municipal levels.

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The Emerging Markets Physician & Payer Forum report entitled Obesity in Brazil and Mexico: Physician and Payer Perspectives on Prescribing Trends, Patient Access and Reimbursement Challenges Facing Current and Emerging Therapies finds that demand is high for weight-loss therapies that can demonstrate acceptable cost-benefit ratios to national and institutional health technology assessment (HTA) bodies. After COFEPRIS's withdrawal of Abbott's Reductil in Mexico, and ANVISA's withdrawal of amphetamine drugs in Brazil, up to 51 percent of surveyed physicians turn to off-label therapies, such as Nordisk's Victoza, Eli Lilly's Byetta and Janssen's Topamax, despite high out-of-pocket payments associated with these drugs.

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