The recent evolution of the brazilian pharmaceutical industry in the limits of economic subordination

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This study shows the results of the development of the Brazilian Pharmaceutical Industry and trade balance between 1996 and 2014, discussing possibilities of changes in Brazilian industrial policies. The research had two assumptions: industrial possibilities are strongly connected with the international scenario, which has worsened since the 1990s, leaving the country more vulnerable. The data sources were the Annual Industrial Survey of the Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics and the Foreign Trade Information System from the Ministry of Industry. The values were adjusted not to consider the inflation. The results show that there was a big imbalance between the performances of the human pharmaceutical products and pharmochemical industries in regards to those focused on the production of chemicals and veterinary pharmaceutical products, in favor of these last ones. The trade balance data show a large and growing trade deficit for medicines for human use. The results corroborated the hypothesis of growing international subordination of the Brazilian pharmaceutical industry and the assumptions mentioned above.




Rodrigues, P. H. A., da Costa, R. D. F., & Kiss, C. (2018). The recent evolution of the brazilian pharmaceutical industry in the limits of economic subordination. Physis, 28(1).

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