Compras públicas X compras privadas: o que os dados da aquisição de medicamentos nos dizem?
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This paper analyzes the purchases of dugs registere d in the Banco de Preços em Saúde of Ministério da Saúde in order to assess how diffe rent are the prices paid by the public sector and the private sector when they acqu ire the same good. Additionally, are tested if the experiences of municipals health consortia’s affects the prices paid for purchase of drugs by municipal institutions and if the purchases originated in lawsuits have an effect on the unit price. The analysis poin ts, respectively, for evidence that the public procurement are more expensive, that loc al institutions are more efficient and that the purchases caused by lawsuits are more expensive.