Cadernos de Saúde Pública
On-line version ISSN 1678-4464
Print version ISSN 0102-311X
VIDOTTI, Carlos C. F.; HOEFLER, Rogério; SILVA, Emília Vitória and BERGSTEN-MENDES, Gun. The Brazilian Drug Information System - SISMED. Cad. Saúde Pública [online]. 2000, vol.16, n.4, pp.1121-1126. ISSN 1678-4464. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0102-311X2000000400030.
This paper describes the professional profile of pharmacists as specialists in drug information. Drug Information (DI) and Drug Information Centers (DIC) are defined. The fundamental activity of a DIC should be that of providing passive information or answering questions. The advantage of a DIC network is discussed, and strategies to implement the Brazilian Drug Information System (SISMED) are presented: investment in professional specialization and regular meetings of DIC coordinators to exchange experiences. The different DICs work within a cooperative protocol. Four training courses have been held, resulting in the rapid development of Brazil's national DIC network. Two national meetings of DIC professionals have helped strengthen the Brazilian Drug Information System.
Keywords : Drug Information; Drug Utilization; Drugs; Information Centers.