Strategies to improve the availability of medicines in primary health care in Brazil: Findings and implications

Mariana M. Barbosa, Renata C.R.M. Nascimento, Marina M. Garcia, Francisco A. Acurcio, Brian Godman, Augusto A. Guerra, Juliana Alvares-Teodoro*

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Abstract

Aim: Access to essential medicines is a key component of managing patients in ambulatory care. In 2008, the State of Minas Gerais, Brazil, created the Pharmacy Network of Minas (Rede Farmacia de Minas [RFM]) program to improve access to medicines, increasing availability and restructuring the infrastructures. The aim was to assess the current situation, comparing municipalities with and without RFM. Materials methods: Descriptive survey study, data collected from 2014 July to May 2015. Availability was verified by stock levels. Results: The drug availability index was 61.0%, higher in municipalities with RFM. Most physicians considered the pharmaceutical services as good/very good. The main reasons for medicines shortage were âfinancial transference problems', âinsufficient financial resources' and âbudget'. Conclusion: Strategies, such as the RFM can promote improvements in medicine availability.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)243-253
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Comparative Effectiveness Research
Volume10
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2021

Keywords

  • health policy
  • health services research
  • observational research
  • pharmaceuticals

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