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International Journal of Clinical Pharmacy

, Volume 35, Issue 4, pp 510–512 | Cite as

A policy of free access to asthma medicines in Brazil: an opportunity for pharmacists to optimize asthma treatment

  • Pablo Moura  Santos
  • Lúcia Noblat
  • Álvaro A. Cruz
Commentary

Abstract

Asthma is a chronic inflammatory disorder of the airways that is characterized by recurrent symptoms associated with airflow limitation and by bronchial hyper-responsiveness. Free asthma treatment has been guaranteed in Brazil since 2003, notably after the Brazilian government decided to support drugs for the most serious forms of the disease. The asthma treatment access policy in Brazil offers a new opportunity for pharmacists to work closely with patients, and for caregivers and health care teams to promote educational activities and patient counselling about asthma. Pharmacists have an important role in the management of drug therapy within the health care team. Pharmacists should be prepared to engage with the latest concept of health care delivery proposed for Brazilian Unified Health System. These are centred on forming health care networks and strengthening multidisciplinary teams to integrate all professionals who are in charge of patient care.

Keywords

Asthma Brazil Drug policy Pharmacists Public health 

Notes

Conflicts of interest

The authors report no conflicts of interests.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Pablo Moura  Santos
    • 1
    • 3
  • Lúcia Noblat
    • 2
  • Álvaro A. Cruz
    • 3
  1. 1.Pharmacy Unit, Professor Edgard Santos University HospitalFederal University of BahiaSalvadorBrazil
  2. 2.School of PharmacyFederal University of BahiaSalvadorBrazil
  3. 3.Program for the Control of Asthma (ProAR) and Center of Excellence in Asthma, School of MedicineFederal University of BahiaSalvadorBrazil

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