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Table 3 Distribution of the 20 most requested medicines in lawsuits and concentration of lawyers and physicians, São Paulo, 2010–2014

From: Legal access to medications: a threat to Brazil’s public health system?

Item Lawyer - percentile (%) Prescriber - percentile (%)
25% 50% 75% 100% 25% 50% 75% 100%
Insulin glargine - vial/cartridge/disposable pen 12.3 24.5 38.1 100 9.4 18.9 35.8 100
Insulin aspart - vial/cartridge/disposable pen 12.0 24.1 30.1 100 10.0 19.9 36.8 100
Methylphenidate - capsule/extended-release tablet 9.8 19.5 34.9 100 5.6 11.5 24.5 100
Ranibizumab - ampoule 14.1 28.3 42.4 100 5.6 11.4 23.5 100
Insulin lispro - vial/cartridge/disposable pen 12.5 24.9 38.6 100 11.6 23.3 42.0 100
Acetylsalicylic acid (100–325 mg) - tablet/coated tablet/slow-release tablet 13.3 26,4 41.2 100 14.1 28.2 44.6 100
Clopidogrel - tablet 15.7 31.5 47.2 100 15.5 14.7 46.6 100
Levothyroxine (38–200 mcg) - tablet 14.6 29.1 49.2 100 14.7 29.2 49.2 100
Glucosamine + chondroitin - sachet/tablet 16.7 33.5 50.2 100 23.3 45.2 73.9 100
Cinacalcet hydrochloride - coated tablet 14.2 29.3 43.9 100 7.3 14.6 31.6 100
Boceprevir 200 mg - gelatinous capsule 7.6 15.3 22.9 100 3.7 7.5 16.2 100
Simvastatin (5–80 mg)/tablet 15.0 30.8 46.8 100 16.5 33.1 49.6 100
Insulin detemir - cartridge/disposable pen 15.7 31.4 47.1 100 12.7 25.4 44.0 100
Omeprazole/tablet/capsule 24.9 49.7 75.1 100 19.9 39.9 59.7 100
Insulin glulisine - vial/cartridge/disposable pen 13.5 27.1 40.7 100 11.2 22.4 41.6 100
Sodium hyaluronate - injectable solution/vial 15.7 28.7 47.5 100 16.0 39.4 81.2 100
Pregabalin - capsule 14.7 29.5 44.5 100 14.6 29.0 46.1 100
Metformin + vildagliptin - capsule 15.9 31.9 48.4 100 12.7 25.5 41.8 100
Rosuvastatin (5–40 mg) - tablet 15.8 31.6 49.4 100 15.7 31.3 48.3 100
Zoledronic acid - injectable solution/vial 14.0 29.5 42.1 100 9.7 19.3 31.5 100
  1. Source: S-Codes