Brazil’s Court Postpones Decision on Who Pays for High-Cost Drugs

On Tuesday, the Supreme Court decided to impose restrictions on the government's supply of drugs without registration by the national health surveillance agency ANVISA.

By Dorah Feliciano, Contributing Reporter

BRASÍLIA, BRAZIL – Brazil’s Supreme Court (STF) decided on Thursday that the federal, state and municipal governments are "jointly responsible" for the payment of people's health care. The justices are still expected to analyze whether the government must provide high-cost medicines not included in the national health system list.

The issue has been on the STF docket since 2016 when three lawsuits demanded that federal revenue be used for the payment of high-cost drugs for the treatment of rare diseases.

According to data from the National Justice Council (CNJ), more than . . .

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