Shortages of benzathine penicillin (BP) appeared to at least double the incidence of congenital syphilis (CS) in Rio de Janeiro from 2013 to 2017, according to a study this week in Clinical Infectious Diseases. Almost 20% average supply deficit By using data from the Brazil Information System of Notifiable Diseases, CS registry, the Pharmaceutical Assistance Center of the Municipal Health Secretariat, and more, the researchers were able to analyze Rio de Janeiro’s 160 neighborhoods for BP shortages, CS cases, and relevant factors.

 

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