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Epidemiologia e Serviços de Saúde

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COSTA, Karen Sarmento et al. National Health Survey 2019: medication obtainment through the Brazilian Popular Pharmacy Program by adults being treated for hypertension and diabetes. Epidemiol. Serv. Saúde [online]. 2022, vol.31, n.esp1, e2021366.  Epub June 28, 2022. ISSN 1679-4974.


To describe the proportion of adults with hypertension and diabetes who obtained medication through the Brazilian Popular Pharmacy Program (Programa Farmácia Popular).


Population-based descriptive study, using data from the 2019 Brazilian National Health Survey. The proportion of individuals who obtained at least one type of medication for hypertension and diabetes in the Program was analysed according to socioeconomic and demographic characteristics, by regions and federative units.


The proportion of individuals who obtained medication for hypertension was 45.1% (95%CI 43.7;46.5), and, for diabetes, 51.5% (95%CI 49.5;53.6). Respectively for both conditions, medication obtainment was higher in the South region (54.3%; 95%CI 51.3;57.2 and 59.1%; 95%CI 54.6;63.7) and lower in the higher strata level of education (30.9%; 95%CI 27.7;34.2 and 40.7%; 95%CI 35.1;46.3) and income (24.0%; 95%CI 19.7;28.2 and 28.9%; 95%CI 22.1;35.7).


Regional and socioeconomic inequalities were identified in obtaining medication for hypertension and diabetes through the Program.

Keywords : Descriptive Epidemiology; National Policy on Pharmaceutical Assistance; Access to Essential Medicines and Health Technologies; Non-communicable Diseases.

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