Availability of psychotropic medications in health care facilities of the Ministry of Health of Peru, 2011

Authors

  • Dominic Hodgkin Institute for Behavioral Health, Heller School of Social Policy & Management, Brandeis University. EE.UU.
  • Marina Piazza Instituto Nacional de Salud, Ministerio de Salud. Lima, Perú Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia. Lima, Perú.
  • Maruja Crisante Dirección General de Medicamentos Insumos y Drogas, Ministerio de Salud. Lima, Perú.
  • Carla Gallo Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia. Lima, Perú.
  • Fabián Fiestas Instituto Nacional de Salud, Ministerio de Salud. Lima, Perú Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia. Lima, Perú.

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.17843/rpmesp.2014.314.115

Keywords:

Health services availability, Psychotropic drugs, Mental health, Primary health care

Abstract

Objectives. Describe the availability of psychotropic medications for the treatment of mental disorders in the health care facilities of the Ministry of Health of Peru. Materials and methods. Monthly inventory reports of the availability and consumption of medications in facilities of the Ministry of Health during 2011 were analyzed. Using a cross sectional design, the availability of seven classes of psychotropic medications was determined. Also, the level of care of the establishments and the level of decisional autonomy to purchase medications were determined. Results. Anti-anxiety medications were available in health facilities of all levels of care. Antidepressants and antipsychotics were available in about two thirds of hospitals and in less than 20% of health centers and small health clinics. The other four classes of psychotropic medications (lithium, hypnotics and sedatives, psychostimulants/ADHD, and anti-dementia drugs) were only available in hospitals and not in health centers and small health clinics. 5% of hospitals had a sufficient supply to meet the demand for the year. Conclusions. There is a significant gap in the availability of psychotropic medications in the health care facilities of the Ministry of Health of Peru. This was observed both in hospitals and in primary care facilities. Actions are needed in health policy and management, including more funding and greater mental health training for staff in primary care, among other initiatives.

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2014-12-01

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Hodgkin D, Piazza M, Crisante M, Gallo C, Fiestas F. Availability of psychotropic medications in health care facilities of the Ministry of Health of Peru, 2011. Rev Peru Med Exp Salud Publica [Internet]. 2014 Dec. 1 [cited 2024 May 29];31(4). Available from: https://rpmesp.ins.gob.pe/index.php/rpmesp/article/view/115

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