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And pharmaceutical industry differ on back of selling drugs without a prescription

Since 2010, pharmacies are required to sell drugs exempt from prescription only behind the counter

 
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The public hearing that discussed today (28) around the sale of medicines that do not require a prescription, to reach the consumer, divided opinions of the drug industry and pharmacists.

Since 2010, pharmacies are required to sell drugs exempt from prescription only behind the counter. Thus, the drugs no longer be exposed on shelves and racks of free access to the consumer.

Now, the National Health Surveillance Agency (ANVISA) calls into question the purpose of the requirement, after a study showing that the sale behind the bar reduces the power of customer choice when buying these drugs, among them, cold and analgesics .

Pharmacists advocate the maintenance of the rule. For professionals, free access to drugs increases the risk of self-medication and intoxication, because most people are unaware of the adverse health effects and adverse reactions caused by drug-free prescription.

It's a setback. You may not sell at the supermarket, but can sell in the pharmacy without guidance? He asked plaintively in the president of the Federal Council of Pharmacy (CFF), Walter John George, the president's veto remember Rousseff trade remedies on the shelves of supermarkets.

In the evaluation of drug manufacturers, Brazilian is informed enough to buy medicine without the help of the clerk or pharmacist. In most cases, the client had professional advice before taking it home, Aurelio said Saez, a representative of the Brazilian Association of Exempt Prescription Drugs (Abimip). In 90% of purchases of drugs exempt from prescription in pharmacies, consumers know what to take because I had gone to the drugstore before. He [the consumer] can be free to buy, she said.

Technical Anvisa argue that the influence of the clerk and the clerk in the consumer's decision doubled after the standard comes into force. The sale of prescription medicines free of an official appointed by the drugstore went from 4.6% in 2007 to 9.3% in 2010, according to a study from consulting firm IMS Health, which evaluates the pharmaceutical market.

According Dirceu Barbano, CEO of ANVISA, the consumer has struggled, for example, to compare prices of products behind the counter. This measure [sale of the medicine behind the counter] could have caused more distortions than benefits to the buyer. It is the consumer who has chosen whether the drug lab A, B or C.

At the time the standard was approved, one of the arguments of the Sanitary was curb cases of poisoning. OTC remedies, however, account for only 4% of cases of drug poisoning in the country, according to the State University of Campinas (Unicamp) cited by Barbano.

Source: AGÊNCIA BRASIL
   Palavras-chave:   Prescription drug    Counter    Pharmacy    ANVISA    The National Agency of Sanitary Surveillance   
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