Long-acting insulin in a public health system: analysis of compliance with clinical protocol in public pharmacies

Tadeu Uggere de Andrade, Fabrício Soares Moreira, Karla Oliveira dos Santos Cassaro, Manuela Martins Cruz, Girlandia Alexandre Brasil, Ewelyne Miranda de Lima, Dominik Lenz, Denise Coutinho Endringer
2021 Ciência & Saúde Coletiva  
Diabetes mellitus (DM) is a chronic disease marked by elevated blood glucose levels. Controlling DM involves adequate diet, physical exercises, medicines and monitoring the blood glucose and glycated hemoglobin (HbA1c) levels. This was a retrospective study of the process of dispensing long-acting insulin analogues to users with diabetes (types 1 and 2) who were registered at high-cost public pharmacies in public health system in a southeast state of Brazil, that sought to evaluate the
more » ... nt of the criteria of all the clinical protocol to provide these analogs. Of the 987 users registered in the health service, 315 met the inclusion criteria for the study. The evaluation of the dispensing processes of the long-acting insulin analogues revealed that the inclusion, exclusion, and suspension criteria of the protocol related with these insulin analogues were in some extend only partially fulfilled. Additionally, there was no difference between the initial and final fasting glycemic and HbA1c levels. It is concluded that the established criteria for dispensing long-acting insulin analogues were partly fulfilled by pharmacies, compromising the rational use of these analogues. It can directly impact the cost of maintaining the public health service and users' health.
doi:10.1590/1413-81232021266.06592019 fatcat:bjvvxtn6lrftja3vivef6makli