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Table 4 Number of medicines requested in lawsuits by Anatomical Therapeutic Chemical Classification by year (2003–2009)

From: Institutional strategies as a mechanism to rationalize the negative effects of the judicialization of access to medicine in Brazil

Variables2003
n (%)
2004
n (%)
2005
n (%)
2006
n (%)
2007
n (%)
2008
n (%)
2009
n (%)
Total
n
ATC Classification
 Alimentary tract and metabolism6 (12.8)16 (11.7)80 (22.0)110 (39.0)70 (48.3)36 (26.9)15 (10.7)333
 Blood and blood forming organs2 (4.3)3 (2.2)25 (6.9)8 (2.8)9 (6.2)7 (5.2)10 (7.1)64
 Cardiovascular system11 (23.4)41 (29.9)146 (37.5)62 (22.0)32 (22.1)42 (31.3)42 (30.0)376
 Dermatological1 (2.1)3 (0.8)3 (1.1)9 (6.4)16
 Genital and urinary system and sex hormones1 (2.1)9 (6.6)13 (3.6)6 (2.1)2 (1.5)6 (4.3)37
 Systemic hormonal preparations2 (4.3)3 (2.2)5 (1.4)2 (0.7)1 (0.7)1 (0.7)14
 Anti-infective for systemic use1 (2.1)4 (2.9)6 (1.7)4 (1.4)3 (2.2)4 (2.9)22
 Antineoplastic and immunomodulation agents2 (0.6)5 (1.8)2 (1.4)1 (0.7)10
 Muscular-skeletal system4 (8.5)7 (5.1)8 (2.2)7 (2.5)6 (4.5)8 (5.7)40
Nervous system16 (34.0)37 (27.0)53 (14.6)59 (20.9)30 (20.7)27 (20.1)30 (21.4)252
 Anti-parasitic products, insecticides and repellents1 (0.7)5 (1.4)5 (1.8)11
 Respiratory system1 (2.1)10 (7.3)11 (3.0)5 (1.8)4 (3.0)8 (5.7)39
 Sensory organs2 (4.3)6 (4.4)16 (4.4)6 (2.1)2 (1.4)6 (4.5)4 (2.9)42
 Various2 (1.4)2
 Total47 (100.0)137 (100.0)373 (100.0)282 (100.0)145 (100.0)134 (100.0)140 (100.0)1258
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