The Popular Party has held a meeting today with the General Council of Official Pharmaceutical Colleges, which has moved, within the round of contacts it is maintaining with different parties, its proposals for the elections on November 10.
The meeting was attended, on behalf of the Parido Popular, the vice secretary of Social Policy of the PP, Cuca Gamarra, and the number two candidate for Madrid to Congress, Ana Pastor; and by the General Council of Pharmacists, the president, Jesús Aguilar; the treasurer, Ana López-Casero; and Raquel Martínez.
During the meeting, the Plan for the promotion of generic and biosimilar medicines was discussed, which the Socialist Executive presented on October 10, which is currently in the public exhibition phase, and which has been developed with its back to the pharmaceutical sector.
Gamarra and Pastor have transferred the support of the PP to the Spanish community pharmaceutical model, which they have described as “successful”. For the PP, addressing the sustainability of the National Health System always involves doing so in conjunction with the community pharmacy model and adopting measures that do not jeopardize its viability from the economic point of view.
From this approach, the PP has denounced that the plan presented by the Executive and that has committed to review it, puts at risk the viability of the community pharmacy, especially the one that has fewer resources, since it would mean the closure of many pharmacies , especially in rural areas.
In this regard, they have explained that the proposed measures can economically weaken the Spanish pharmacy model, especially the more than 2,100 pharmacies located in municipalities with up to 1,000 inhabitants and the 1,200 located in those municipalities whose population is less than 500 inhabitants.
Along with this, they have stressed that the plan lacks economic memory and a study of the economic impact on the drug chain. No plan that seeks the economic sustainability of the system, they have pointed out, should include measures that end up affecting the viability of any of the agents.
In his opinion, these measures can economically weaken the Spanish pharmacy model, a vital assistance service for citizens and one of the pillars of universal pharmaceutical provision, with the same guarantees of equity and quality.
For the popular leaders, “one of the main challenges that our country must face in the coming years is the aging of the population, the chronicity of certain diseases and dependence, and, therefore, it is essential that the survival of the pharmacies based in rural areas ”.
On the other hand, the PP considers that a plan of this type is an opportunity to solve the problems of shortages and lack of medicines, however, the proposal goes in the opposite direction generating a greater risk of shortage.
Therefore, the Popular Party reiterates its support for the Spanish community pharmacy model and the firm conviction of guaranteeing territorial cohesion in Spain and guaranteeing the quality of services to all Spaniards.