In a tense meeting, three of the five directors of Anvisa (National Health Monitor) decided today to suspend the production, importation, sale and distribution of carbendazim-banned drugs in Europe and the United States on suspicion of causing cancer. and disability. ferry and one of the 20 most widely used drugs in Brazil. The suspension is urgent and legal until the completion of the process, which is expected to end on August 8. Anvisa’s alternate president, Meiruze Freitas, said the “use” of pesticides had also been suspended.
Today, importing has stopped, productionsale, distribution and use as a precautionary measure ”
Meiruze Freitas, alternative president from Anvisa
At the meeting, it was decided that there would be a public consultation until July 11. The Directors decided that a final decision would be made at a meeting on August 5, with the publication of a resolution on August 8, within the timeframe set by the Judge. One of the topics of that decision opens up the possibility for Anvisa to offer time, between August and November 2022, for factories and stores selling carbendazim (see below).
In the middle of the meeting, on Tuesday afternoon (21), the author of the process, Cristiane Jourdan, who expressed an interest in banning drugs, walked out of an online session, without taking part in a product suspension vote. . The other directors present – Meiruze Freitas, Alex Campos and Romison Mota – voted yes. When traveling abroad, Anvisa President Antonio Barra Torres did not vote.
The controversy began when the next president, Meiruze Freitas, announced the possibility of rescinding the case. First, the vote of a journalist, Cristiane Jourdan, who had already voted for the adoption of the report in the technical area, which advocates a total ban on carbendazim, would be scrutinized. Then, the preventive measure would be evaluated to stop the medication until the completion of the toxicity testing process.
Meiruze said the proposal would be to curb the temporary suspension of agricultural defense first. Cristiane complained: “As the director of the report, I understand that there is no reason for me to submit my vote if the debate presented by director Meiruze is to be presented before my vote”.
According to Cristiane, the decision to temporarily suspend toxins could not have a better effect than the proposal would have resulted in the process. “The director is the one who has the right to make the final decision,” he explained. “If there are any precautionary measures, in order to deal with my vote, and the decision to have a better effect than caution, I apologize for withdrawing.”
I withdraw from the meeting and will refer this to the regulatory body, the Office of the Public Prosecutor, because I understand that there was a question to prevent the reading of the author’s vote.“
Cristiane Jourdan, director of Anvisa, leaving the meeting
Meiruze said Cristiane would be free to vote. “Director Cristiane’s decision was a one-sided decision not to follow that process.”
Alex Campos said the author’s departure was all “inconvenient”. “Today’s incident is shocking. Divisions are natural, but they cannot cause this environment.”
Director Romison said Cristiane’s departure was “compassionate”. “Bad luck.” The inconvenience was that the directors canceled a meeting that would be held the next day – there was a meeting to discuss topics such as electronic cigarettes, but the process was not complete either. “I don’t see the weather,” Romison said.
Justice ran to Anvisa
Anvisa began the process of re-evaluating pesticides in 2019, following a court order issued in July 2019. The order was to complete the analysis after six months. But, as shown by UOL, in April, after two years, the agency took a decision that postponed one of the steps of the pesticide analysis process. This month, the 6th Federal Court of Brasília ordered Anvisa to complete a drug test within 60 days.
The Anvisa technical area was already well positioned to ban carbendazim from crops in Brazil. The toxin is used in crops such as soybeans, corn, oranges and apples.
The organization will make a decision on August 5
After a break and voting on a temporary decision, the meeting resumed. Without Cristiane in the online room, the agency’s alternate president, Meiruze, took over the process. He made a proposal that was approved by 3 to 0. Meiruze proposed abandoning the previous regulatory impact (AIR) report, which advocated the ban on pesticides, and the termination of public grants (TPS), which did not end without completion.
In their place, public consultations will take place until 11 July. The author of this consultation was given a vote: it will be Cristiane himself Jordan. There will be a schedule, which includes a meeting of the Board of Directors of Universities until August 5, and the publication of the resolution on August 8.
Additionally, Meiruze’s proposal indicated how long the poison could, if decided, continue to be sold after the ban. In other words, carbendazim remains suspended in the country. But, if the Board of Directors of Anvisa decides, on August 5, that the poison can be produced and sold for a little longer, the period will be three months, that is, until November.
“If Anvisa’s final decision is to implement fatigue [o consumo dos estoques remanescentes]It will be for three months, “said Meiruze.
But that has not been decided yet. Director Alex Campos said it was important to analyze topics such as “back transport” and lists. “But all this at the right time. For now, the brakes are stowing.”