Administrative cases: an effective alternative to lawsuits in assuring access to medicines?

BMC Public Health
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(Accessed 23 Feb 2019)
Research article
Administrative cases: an effective alternative to lawsuits in assuring access to medicines?
Although public policy in Brazil supports access to essential medicines, the health system cannot meet all demand. Increasingly, the population has used legal demands to seek access to medicines, an approach that can undermine equitable access by creating policy inconsistencies (e.g., granting access to medicines outside the SUS formulary). In response, the Executive Branch has signed institutional agreements to create an administrative case for submitting requests for medicines directly to the Executive Branch. The objective of this study was to assess the degree to which the administrative cases for requests are in accordance with public policies and guidelines, e.g., if administrative cases results in fewer decisions to purchase outside the SUS formulary.

Authors: Virginia Oliveira Chagas, Mércia Pandolfo Provin and Rita Goreti Amaral

Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:212

Published on: 20 February 2019