Manaus Report – Government of Amazonas has already distributed more than R$ 197.9 million in medicines to patients in the public health network this year

Manaus Report – Government of Amazonas has already distributed more than R$ 197.9 million in medicines to patients in the public health network this year
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Cema, responsible for supplying the units, works with 2,100 pharmacological, hospital and nutritional items

PHOTOS: Evandro Seixas and Lana Honorato/SES-AM

The Government of Amazonas, through the State Department of Health (SES-AM), in the first four months of this year (from January to April), distributed R$ 197.95 million in medicines and supplies, to supply the network’s units state health department, in patient care, or delivered directly to people registered in assistance programs. Thousands of users of the Unified Health System (SUS), in the capital and interior, benefited from the service, which is coordinated by the Amazonas Medicines Center (Cema), responsible for the distribution logistics of more than 2,100 pharmaceutical items.

The work carried out at Cema, an entity of the State Department of Health (SES-AM), is strategic, because it guarantees the continuous and adequate supply of pharmacological, hospital and nutritional supplies in health units. The secretary of SES-AM, Nayara Maksoud, explains that the Medicines Center is responsible for all stages of the pharmaceutical assistance cycle in Amazonas, from selection, planning, acquisition, receipt, storage, distribution and, for some specific items, It also dispenses items directly to the patient.

Cema, points out the secretary of SES-AM, is responsible for an effective assistance policy, in the state health network, ensuring that several people, who use the SUS, benefit, whether in hospital units administered by the State or directly with patients included in programs coordinated by SES-AM.

“Keeping the units supplied and patients receiving the medicines they need is a matter of priority for the Government of Amazonas, all efforts are made in this direction”, highlights Nayara Maksoud, noting the enormous challenge that this represents in a state with geographic dimensions like the Amazon.


Cema coordinator, Herbenya Peixoto, highlights that the operation of the Center, within the scope of the SUS, as it manages the pharmaceutical assistance cycle in Amazonas, has federal, state and municipal responsibilities.

PHOTOGRAPH: Evandro Seixas and Lana Honorato/SES-AM

At the federal level, within the strategies for maintaining supply, the sending of medicines by the Ministry of Health (MS) is included, with the Central being responsible for receiving and packaging the products, following all current health standards. In addition, distributing and interfacing with municipalities when it comes to medicines intended for primary care.

At the state level, the Center has governance to carry out the entire bidding process for the acquisition of medicines and supplies, as well as receiving and distributing them, according to the strategic planning of the units.

“In the federal field, the MS buys the medicines, we receive and store them with all the criteria they need, and we carry out the distribution. At Estado, we manage it, from purchasing to dispensing”, details the coordinator.

Herbenya Peixoto informs that Cema works with a very wide range of health products, including medicines; orthoses, prosthetics and special materials (OPME); types of nutrition; and laboratory and dental items. “We supply the units with everything necessary for routine health care, both inpatient and outpatient,” she reinforces.

Distribution in the capital and interior

According to the Central coordinator, for the distribution of products in units of the state health network, Cema works on a fortnightly or monthly schedule, depending on the type of unit and the needs for each specific item.

“We have a distribution team, which receives orders according to schedules, analyzes them and, within 48 hours, begins the distribution process. We serve in the capital and interior, all hospital units linked to Cema and outpatient units as well”, says Herbenya.

PHOTOGRAPH: Evandro Seixas and Lana Honorato/SES-AM

In the interior, hospital and emergency care units also receive inputs from the Center on a monthly basis to carry out routine assistance to the population. “We receive demands from municipalities and carry out distribution through a logistics company, managing to reach all cities, through different modes”, he explains.

Assistance programs

Cema coordinates the Specialized Component of Pharmaceutical Assistance (Ceaf) and Melhor em Casa programs of the Federal Government. Through Ceaf, it delivers more than 200 high-cost medications, free of charge, to approximately 24 thousand active SUS patients.

Pelo Melhor em Casa serves around 650 patients who have been dehospitalized and who are monitored by multidisciplinary teams. These patients also receive health items and supplies needed for home care.

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