On Thursday (12), the Ministry of Health launched a new audit model for the Popular Pharmacy program in Brazil. The aim is to tighten up controls and thus avoid fraud and other irregularities in the distribution of essential and essential medicines at low cost. According to Minister Marcelo Queiroga, the novelty will take advantage of new technologies, including artificial intelligence. “We must use the power of the state to identify those who put themselves in front of the concreteness of public policy,” Queiroga said at the signing ceremony of the order in Brasília.
With the new policy, the government also hopes to shorten the detention period for establishments that have blocked the sale of drugs due to involvement in fraud. “We hope that with this new model, audit processes, especially those with very low, low or medium risk factors, will be completed in a very short time and through it. the time between the closure of the pharmacy and the inspection will be significantly reduced, ”said Cláudio Azevedo, director of the Denasus National Inspection Department.
The creation of the new method is part of the ministry’s strategy to increase low-cost drugs for the population. The government intends to achieve the goal of the public health plan, to expand the coverage of the program until 2023.
According to the Department of Medicine of the Ministry of Health, Brazil has at least one unit that serves the program in 75 percent of municipalities with less than 40,000 residents. The goal is to take the Popular Pharmacy to 90 percent of these locations. There are 4,701 municipalities with less than 40,000 inhabitants. There are a total of 5,568 municipalities in Brazil.
Popular The pharmacy guarantees access to products intended for the “basic component of pharmacological treatment” with “medicines for primary health care” from Union funds.
The initiative offers discounts on drugs used to treat diseases such as dyslipidemia, rhinitis, Parkinson’s disease, osteoporosis, glaucoma and urinary incontinence. The program also offers contraceptives at a lower cost. There are also 13 free medicines for hypertension, diabetes and asthma.
According to the Ministry of Health, in 2021, there were 30,922 registered pharmacies in the program in 4,398 municipalities.