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ALVES, Natália Dias da Costa et al. Assessment of the technical adequacy of phytotherapeutics and officinal medicine manufacturers in the State of Rio de Janeiro. Ciênc. saúde coletiva [online]. 2008, vol.13, suppl., pp.745-753. ISSN 1678-4561.

In this study we evaluated the current profile of manufacturers of officinal medicines and phytotherapeutics in relation to the Brazilian regulatory legislation. Forty-eight industries involved in manufacture and distribution of officinal medicines and phytotherapeutics were identified in one hundred current administrative processes of the National Health Surveillance Agency in Brazil. The analysis of the inspection reports of these companies considered the first nine months after the implantation of Resolution RDC 210/03 and revealed five specific company profiles: satisfactory (29.2%), satisfactory with restrictions (10.4%), unsatisfactory (6.2%), interdicted (39.6%), and applying for cancellation due to lack of conditions for complying with Resolution RDC 210/03 (14.6%). The main irregularities found in these companies involved the operational flow, quality control and product registration issues. Our results revealed a great number of companies whose activities are related to the production of officinal medicines and phytotherapeutics but that are still not totally adequate to the industrial park of Rio de Janeiro. The perspectives for the future of this category of industries are thus not favorable because of their difficulties to meet the current requirements.

Keywords : Phytotherapeutics; Brazilian National Health Surveillance Agency ANVISA; Drug registration; Good manufacturing practices.

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