Simple antipsychotic drugs are now given free of charge on the NHS

Simple antipsychotic drugs are now given free of charge to patients followed on an outpatient basis at the National Health Service, and their administration is accompanied by the respective mental health services, according to an order published this Monday in Diário da República.

The order signed by the Secretary of State for Health, Diogo Serras Lopes, which enters into force on Tuesday, determines “the free provision of simple antipsychotic medications for oral and intramuscular administration” and belonging to “Group 2 – System central nervous system”.

Drugs must be prescribed by physicians specializing in psychiatry, child and adolescent psychiatry or neurology in public hospitals.

Its administration is monitored and is the responsibility of the respective local mental health services, says the diploma, stressing that the free supply of these drugs constitutes “an important step in the processes of adherence to therapy, with the consequence of reducing the respective complications”.

The diploma states that “Portugal currently has a high prevalence of mental illnesses, which are an important cause of morbidity with a high impact on society”.

In addition to the repercussions on the quality of life of patients, since they are chronic diseases, with variable evolution and strongly disabling, these pathologies also have a high impact on the socioeconomic level, he adds.

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