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Avaliação do uso de contraceptivo de emergência em distintas regiões de São Paulo

Author(s): Geisa Pereira dos Santos | Jaqueline Rocha Borges dos Santos

Journal: ConScientiae Saúde
ISSN 1677-1028

Volume: 10;
Issue: 2;
Start page: 387;
Date: 2011;
Original page

Introduction: Emergency contraception (or postcoital) is a contraception form that can be used by women after unprotected sexual relation. However, it is used in an uncontrolled way by females adolescents and adults. Objective: To identify the consumers of emergency contraception profile. Method: Pharmacists of 30 small, medium and large pharmacies in the north, east, west and center regions of São Paulo were interviewed. Three different brands of the drug levonorgestrel were considered as consumption, in descending order of price, respectively: A, B and C. Results: Eighty-seven percent of the pharmacists mentioned that the young women are the main users of this medicine. Demand for pharmaceutical guidance reached 73%, in contrast, the product was sold without prescription. Only 16% of pharmacists surveyed reported the occurrence of adverse reactions. Although brand B was the most traded (44%), there were differences in consumption by cost versus socio-economic profile in the regions studied. Conclusion: The study showed the need for educational programs about emergency contraception.
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