Patients suffering from Alzheimer’s will have one more option of treatment in the Unified Health System (SUS). The medicine “Memantina” was incorporated on Thursday (9), by the Ministry of Health and will be available to the population within 180 days at the health facilities of the country. The new drug, which will be offered in tablets, will provide a better quality of life for patients with this disease, which affects a third of the elderly population.
The decision on the offer of the drug in the SUS occurred after an evaluation by the National Commission for the Incorporation of Technologies in SUS (CONITEC) in July of this year. “Incorporation is a longstanding struggle between representatives and patients suffering from the disease,” said Marco Fireman, Secretary of Science, Technology and Strategic Inputs at the Ministry of Health. “It is a significant achievement that will have a positive impact on the quality of life of patients and caregivers. .
Alzheimer’s disease affects 33% of the population over 85 years of age. In Brazil, it is estimated that there are 1.1 million people with the disease. Alzheimer’s is neurodegenerative, caused by the progressive death of brain cells, impairing functions such as memory, attention and orientation and language, which has serious consequences for patients’ quality of life.
The Clinical Protocol for Therapeutic Guidelines on Alzheimer’s Disease was created in 2002 and updated in 2010 and 2013. The document establishes multidisciplinary treatment and should involve the various signs and symptoms of the disease.
Although there is no cure for Alzheimer’s disease, the appropriate treatment and care in the various points of attention Rede SUS can provide greater survival and quality of life. Treatment provides relief of symptoms and stabilization or retardation of disease progression, providing more autonomy and functional independence for as long as possible.
Therefore the importance of the multidisciplinary work offered in specialized rehabilitation services, with the presence of speech therapist, physiotherapist, occupational therapist and psychological and family support, seeking to avoid and / or delay the loss of functionalities and cognitive abilities. These services are offered in the SUS Network in the Specialized Centers in Rehabilitation. Currently, Brazil has 139 Specialized Centers in Rehabilitation authorized by the Ministry of Health to perform diagnosis and offer treatment.