The minister guaranteed that the Government is attentive to the cost of medicines, stressing that, in terms of inflation, there is no influence on prices of medications.

"The problem with medicines is another: It is to know if, in some cases, the degradation of their price does not contribute to their shortage in the market", considered the minister.

And he added: "We are following this very carefully in order to guarantee that in 2023 there will be no increase in costs for users, using the different mechanisms that we have to correct prices".

In response to questions from PCP deputy João Dias about drug shortages in pharmacies, Manuel Pizarro said that "there are cases that are of no relevance to patients", insisting: "We have to separate the wheat from the chaff and treat what is different differently.”