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Table 1 Search strategy for scientific publications on procurement of medicines in South America, syntax by database, from 2005 to 2017

From: Public procurement of medicines: scoping review of the scientific literature in South America

DatabaseDeCS/ KeywordsResearch date
VHLab:(“government purchasing” OR custos de medicamentos OR provisao OR suppl* OR purchas* OR “compra* governamenta* “OR “compra do* governo*” OR compra* OR aquisiç* OR provis* OR “processo de compra” OR “Proposta de Concorrência” OR provid* OR licitaç* OR procurement* OR bidding) AND (medicamento* OR drug* OR
medicine* OR fármaco*) AND (brasil OR brazil OR venezuela OR argentina OR chile OR colombia OR suriname OR peru OR equador OR ecuador OR guiana OR guyana OR paraguai OR paraguay OR uruguai OR bolivia OR uruguay OR “South America” OR “america do sul”)
10/30/2017
Scopus((TITLE-ABS-KEY (drug*) OR TITLE-ABS-KEY (medicine*) OR TITLE-ABS-KEY (drug costs) OR TITLE-ABS-KEY (“Pharmaceutical Preparations”))) AND (((TITLE-ABS-KEY (“government purchasing”) OR TITLE-ABS-KEY (suppl*) OR TITLE-ABS-KEY (purchas*) OR TITLE-ABS-KEY (provid*) OR TITLE-ABS-KEY (procurement*) OR TITLE-ABS-KEY (bidding))) AND (TITLE-ABS-KEY (brazil OR venezuela OR argentina OR chile OR colombia OR suriname OR bolivia OR peru OR ecuador OR guyana OR paraguay OR uruguay OR “South American”))10/31//2017
Pubmed via Medline((brazil OR venezuela OR argentina OR chile OR colombia OR suriname OR peru OR ecuador OR guyana OR bolivia OR paraguay OR uruguay OR “South American”)) AND ((((((“pharmaceutical preparations”[MeSH Terms]) OR “drugs”[Title/Abstract]) OR “medicines”[Title/Abstract])) AND (((((“purchasing”[Title/Abstract]) OR “group purchasing”[MeSH Terms]) OR ((“purchasing health care”[Title/Abstract] OR “purchasing health insurance”[Title/Abstract] OR “purchasing health services”[Title/Abstract] OR “purchasing medication”[Title/Abstract] OR “purchasing medications”[Title/Abstract] OR “purchasing medicine”[Title/Abstract] OR “purchasing medicines”[Title/Abstract]))) OR “drug purchasing”[Title/Abstract]) OR “medicines supply”[Title/Abstract])))10/31/2017
Web of scienceTS = ((“government purchasing” OR suppl* OR drug costs OR purchas* OR provid* OR procurement* OR bidding) AND (Brazil OR venezuela OR argentina OR chile OR colombia OR suriname OR peru OR ecuador OR guiana OR guyana OR paraguai OR paraguay OR uruguay OR bolivia OR South America))11/05/2017
Embase(‘drug’:ti,ab,kw OR ‘medicine’:ti,ab,kw OR ‘pharmaceutics’:ti,ab,kw) AND (‘supply’:ti,ab,kw AND ‘distribution’:ti,ab,kw OR ‘provide’:ti,ab,kw OR ‘procurement’:ti,ab,kw OR ‘bidding’:ti,ab,kw OR ‘supply’:ti,ab,kw OR drug costs: ti,ab,kw) AND (‘brazil’:ti,ab,kw OR ‘argentina’:ti,ab,kw OR ‘colombia’:ti,ab,kw OR ‘venezuela’:ti,ab,kw OR ‘bolivia’:ti,ab,kw OR ‘guyana’:ti,ab,kw OR ‘uruguay’:ti,ab,kw OR ‘paraguay’:ti,ab,kw OR ‘peru’:ti,ab,kw OR ‘south america’:ti,ab,kw OR ‘ecuador’:ti,ab,kw OR ‘suriname’:ti,ab,kw OR ‘chile’:ti,ab,kw)11/17/2017
Scielo(medicamento* OR medicine OR drug OR prepara* farmaceutic* OR custos de medicamentos) AND (compra OR supply OR purshasing OR procurement OR provide OR provis* OR licita* OR bidding OR aquisi* OR drug costs) AND (brazil OR brasil OR argentina OR venezuela OR chile OR peru OR “america do sul” OR “south america” OR Guyana OR uruguai OR uruguay OR guiana OR colombia OR bolivia OR suriname OR paraguai OR paraguay OR equador OR ecuador)11/17/2017