Revista da Associação Médica Brasileira
versión impresa ISSN 0104-4230
GORZONI, Milton Luiz; FABBRI, Renato Moraes Alves y PIRES, Sueli Luciano. Beer-Fick criteria and generic drugs in Brazil. Rev. Assoc. Med. Bras. [online]. 2008, vol.54, n.4, pp. 353-356. ISSN 0104-4230. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0104-42302008000400022.
BACKGROUND: Determine, according to the Beer-Fick criteria, the prevalence of drugs potentially inappropriate for the elderly available as generic medication in Brazil. METHODS: Analysis of the list of generic medications issued by " Diário Oficial da União" on July/12/2004 and of the page of the National Agency for Sanitary Surveillance (ANVISA) - www.anvisa.gov.br, using the Beers-Fick criteria. RESULTS: From the list of 299 products 20 (6.7% of the total) included in the Beers-Fick criteria were analyzed, mainly in the categories of anxiolytics, platelet antiaggregants, antiallergics, anti-angina and vasodilators, antiarrythmics, antidepressants, antispasmodics, anti-hypertensive's, non steroid antinflammatories, antiulceratives and cardiac glycosides. These criteria do not include drugs such as cough suppressants, cinnarizine, diltiazem, piracetam, quinolones, xanthines, creams, ointments and ophthalmic solutions which are also present in the list of generic medication. CONCLUSION: The Beers-Fick criteria may prevent use of drugs potentially inappropriate for the elderly, however, it should be stressed that these criteria are not complete for Brazilian generic medications.
Palabras llave : Elderly; Drugs; Prescription; Iatrogeny.