Terms of clarification and accountability in the light of intervention bioethics

Abstract In Brazil, access to medicines of the Specialized Pharmaceutical Care Program, within the scope of the Brazilian Unified Health System, depends on filling out and delivering the Clarification and Responsibility Form at specialized pharmacies. These forms are intended to obtain the patient´s informed consent concerning the medication being offered. The study evaluated them in the light of the theoretical reference of intervention bioethics, with emphasis on guaranteeing patient autonomy and protection as a vulnerable entity. Though the forms studied consider patient privacy and provide them with information relevant to their empowerment in dealing with doctors, the term lacks enough protective measures in cases where undesirable effects occur. Therefore, it is a State responsibility to strengthen them to guarantee true autonomy for patients, to identify their vulnerability and to ensure protective measures in cases of adverse event.