Ciência & Saúde Coletiva
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ROZENFELD, Suely. The pharmacist: health professional and citizen. Ciênc. saúde coletiva [online]. 2008, vol.13, suppl., pp.561-568. ISSN 1678-4561. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1413-81232008000700002.
This text was presented at the V Congress on Pharmacy Care/Riopharma with the intent to approach some aspects important for discussing the role of the pharmacist as health professional and citizen capable of acting in society. To this purpose we decided to recall some of the cornerstones of the Brazilian health reform; the pressure of the industry on health professionals and regulatory agencies; the inequity in the distribution of medicaments among the different social classes. Some of the changes proposed in this paper are: to widen the role the pharmacist plays in pharmacotherapy; to prohibit drug advertising; a global and independent evaluation of the national regulatory agency; inclusion of information about medicament consumption during hospitalizations in the national databases.
Keywords : Pharmaceutical Care; Government regulation; National Policy of Pharmaceutical Assistance; Pharmacists.