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Title: Evaluation of availability, accessibility and prescribing pattern of medicines in the Islamic Republic of Iran
Authors: Cheraghali, A.M.
Nikfar, S.
Behmanesh, Y.
Rahimi, V.
Habibipour, F.
Tirdad, R.
Asadi, A.
Bahrami, A.
Issue Date: 2004
Language: English
Abstract: Prescribing, dispensing, availability and affordability of drugs were evaluated in 100 primary health care centres in 5 provinces of the Islamic Republic of Iran using WHO indicators. On average, 92% of the 12 essential drugs monitored were available in the health centre pharmacies and 95% of the drugs prescribed by the physician were dispensed by the health centre pharmacy. The stock-out duration was less than 1 month on average. A complete treatment for pneumonia cost only 2% of the lowest weekly government salary. The national average number of drugs per prescription was 3.4. Prescription of antibiotics and injectable drugs was very high [58% and 41% respectively]. Although availability and affordability of essential drugs is good in this country, rational use of drugs needs to be emphasized
Description: 406-415
Keywords: Anti-Bacterial Agents
Drug Costs
Drug Storage
Drug Utilization
Efficiency, Organizational
Guideline Adherence
Subject: Drugs, Essential
ISSN: 1020-3397
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