Access to medicines in the Brazilian unified health system (SUS)’s primary health care: assessment of a public policy

MM Barbosa, TA Moreira, RCRM Nascimento, MMG Nascimento, FA Acurcio, B Godman, AA Guerra Jnr, J Alvares-Teodoro

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In 2008, the Programa Rede Farmácia de Minas (RFM, literally translated: “Minas Gerais Pharmacy Network” program) was created as a strategy to expand access to medicines. Objective: Measure access to medicines in public pharmacies through comparison between municipalities that joined or not the RFM. Methods: Cross-sectional, evaluative study, gathering information from a representative sample of the municipalities in Minas Gerais between 2014/July-2015/May. The Poisson regression results were obtained by calculating the prevalence ratios. Results: Adequate access to medicines in Minas Gerais was 69.9%, being 75.8% in municipalities with and 69.2% without the RFM. The municipalities with the RFM showed statistically higher percentages in the Availability, Adequacy/Accommodation, and Acceptability dimensions. Conclusions: RFM appears an efficient strategy for promoting access to medicines.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of Comparative Effectiveness Research
Early online date25 May 2021
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 25 May 2021


  • access to medicines
  • unified healthcare system
  • Brazil
  • health policy

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