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Revista Latino-Americana de Enfermagem

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MAEDA, Sayuri Tanaka  and  SECOLI, Sílvia Regina. Use and cost of medication in low risk pregnant women. Rev. Latino-Am. Enfermagem [online]. 2008, vol.16, n.2, pp.266-271. ISSN 1518-8345.

The objective of the present study is to assess the use of medication by pregnant women; classify them regarding therapy group and its risk category; and identify the cost of these drugs. The sample is formed by 47 pregnant women, in the 20 to 29 year-old age group, from July 2001 to June 2003, in the city of São Paulo. A specific instrument was used for data collection in family charts and others from the Sistema de Informação da Atenção Básica (Primary Care System Information). Average of medications used by pregnant woman was 3.63. Iron sulfate was the most commonly used, followed by antibiotics (78.7%). Regarding risk category, 34.1% of medications belonged to category B and 16.5% to category C. In the calculation of total costs of care, expenses with medication accounted for 11.13%. We have seen the need for assessing further the criteria for use, especially of medications of category C. The higher costs were related to antimicrobials for the treatment of infections.

Keywords : health care costs; pregnant women; drug cost.

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