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Acesso aos medicamentos para tratamento da doença de Alzheimer fornecidos pelo Sistema Único de Saúde em Minas Gerais, Brasil

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Title
Acesso aos medicamentos para tratamento da doença de Alzheimer fornecidos pelo Sistema Único de Saúde em Minas Gerais, Brasil
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Cadernos de Saúde Pública, January 2016
DOI 10.1590/0102-311x00060615
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Celline Cardoso Almeida-Brasil, Juliana de Oliveira Costa, Viviane Celestino Ferreira dos Santos Aguiar, Daniela Pena Moreira, Edgar Nunes de Moraes, Francisco de Assis Acurcio, Augusto Afonso Guerra Júnior, Juliana Álvares

Abstract

This study evaluated barriers to access to treatment for Alzheimer's disease based on administrative cases involving cholinesterase inhibitors (ChEIs) and submitted to the Minas Gerais State Health Secretariat in Brazil in 2012 and 2013. Drawing on data from 165 randomly selected cases, the study addressed the following dimensions of access: geographic accessibility, accommodation, acceptability, availability, and affordability. The administrative processing to supply ChEIs took an average of 39 days and was influenced by characteristics of the path taken by the user. The majority of the prescribers met less than 80% of the required criteria in the Clinical Protocol and Therapeutic Guidelines (CPTG) for Alzheimer's disease. As a result, 38% of requests for medication were denied. Private treatment with ChEIs cost the equivalent of 21 days of the monthly minimum wage. In conclusion, bureaucratic administrative procedures and prescribers' difficulty in following the CPTG hindered access to treatment of Alzheimer's disease and imposed a heavy burden on patients' pockets.

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Country Count As %
Unknown 22 100%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Postgraduate 4 18%
Student > Bachelor 4 18%
Student > Master 4 18%
Student > Doctoral Student 3 14%
Student > Ph. D. Student 2 9%
Other 1 5%
Unknown 4 18%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmaceutical Science 7 32%
Medicine and Dentistry 5 23%
Nursing and Health Professions 2 9%
Sports and Recreations 1 5%
Business, Management and Accounting 1 5%
Other 2 9%
Unknown 4 18%