Cadernos de Saúde Pública
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COSENDEY, Marly Aparecida Elias et al. Provision of essential medicines within basic health care: the experience of three Brazilian States. Cad. Saúde Pública [online]. 2000, vol.16, n.1, pp. 171-182. ISSN 1678-4464. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0102-311X2000000100018.
In the context of recent changes in the Brazilian drug supply system at the national level, mainly the deactivation of CEME (a government agency under the Ministry of Health that dealt with drug supply policy) and the increasing decentralization of activities under the Unified National Health System (SUS), three Brazilian States - Paraná, São Paulo, and Minas Gerais - have established programs for the distribution of essential drugs for primary health care. A nationwide program for the procurement and supply of 32 drugs for primary health care (the so-called "Basic Pharmacy Program") is currently being implemented by the Ministry of Health, to be decentralized subsequently. This article discusses the establishment of State-level drug policies for primary health care through the analysis of the three pioneering programs encompassing drug selection, procurement, storage, distribution, and use.
Keywords : Essential Drugs; Drug Policy; Drug Assistance.