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versão impressa ISSN 0034-8910versão On-line ISSN 1518-8787


GONDIM, Ana Paula Soares  e  FALCAO, Cláudio Borges. Evaluation of Brazilian online pharmacies. Rev. Saúde Pública [online]. 2007, vol.41, n.2, pp.297-300. ISSN 1518-8787.

The growing number of Internet users brought forth an increase in the search for Brazilian online pharmacy services. Aiming at evaluating the validity of information disseminated in these websites, a descriptive study was carried out in 18 virtual pharmacies concerning legal aspects, accessibility, sources of information and drug advertisings. It was found 15 pharmacies did not have authorization of the Brazilian National Health Surveillance Agency; the manager pharmaceutical officer's name could not be found in 17 of them; 17 pharmacies marketed drugs with no registration, especially herbal medicines, and did not show either information on adverse drug reactions or this agency's alerts and health recommendations. Since health control and drug commerce in Brazilian online pharmacies have not been yet regulated by proper government agencies, these gaps found in the sites can pose risk to the users' health.

Palavras-chave : Drug commerce; Internet; Standards; User-computer interface; Drug; Legislation; Health surveillance.

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