Cadernos de Saúde Pública
On-line version ISSN 1678-4464Print version ISSN 0102-311X
CALDEIRA, Telma Rodrigues; NEVES, Eugênio Rodrigo Zimmer and PERINI, Edson. Historical evolution of package inserts in Brazil. Cad. Saúde Pública [online]. 2008, vol.24, n.4, pp.737-743. ISSN 1678-4464. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0102-311X2008000400003.
In Brazil, package inserts provide key information on pharmaceuticals. The current study analyzes the evolution of package inserts and the impact on this process by scientific research and development, globalization of information, and various health policies. The study began with a retrospective review of Brazilian health legislation until 1920, the year when the National Public Health Department was created. The analysis of documents on the evolution of health regulation in Brazil began with the Brazilian Pharmaceutical Collection - Health Rulings. The second stage of the study involved a search of standards and norms in VISALEGIS: Health Surveillance Legislation, Portal for Legislation from the National Congressional Information System and the Health Legislation System. Package inserts became an important vehicle for information in the country and underwent important regulatory changes in the latter half of the 20th century. From 1946 to 2006, the number of mandatory items increased, with more in-depth description. However, the standardization of information for medicines with the same active ingredient failed to materialize, despite its importance and the various legal initiatives in this direction.
Keywords : Medicine Package Inserts; Health Legislation; Health Surveillance.