Alliance for the Prudent Use of Antibiotics, APUA:
Health Action International:
Healthy Skepticism (formerly the Medical Lobby for Appropriate Marketing):
International Clinical Epidemiology Network, INCLEN:
International Network for Rational Use of Drugs, INRUD (includes the journal INRUD News):
Management Sciences for Health:
The International Drug Price Indicator Guide is available on Management Sciences for Health Manager’s Electronic Resource Centre web site at:
Médecins Sans Frontières:
MSF’s access to medicines campaign:
Public Citizen Health Research Group:
Wemos Foundation, Dutch NGO concerned with international health issues, including a campaign to improve drug donations:
Media (professional and mass)
A sample of what is available
British Medical Journal:
International Society of Drug Bulletins:
Lancet’s experimental electronic research archive in international health:
Pharma Kritik, Swiss drug bulletin:
Biomail is a new search tool which periodically does a user-customised Medline search and sends articles to the user’s e-mail address:
SATELLIFE free information services to health professionals. More details at:
National, regional and governmental
Australia. A database on quality use of medicines activities in Australia:
Dutch Medicines Evaluation Agency (includes all its evaluation reports on drugs newly registered in the Netherlands):
European Evaluation Agency:
Food and Drug Administration, USA:
LANIC Latin American Network Information Center (includes Drug Bulletin):
Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network, SIGN (supports development of evidence-based clinical guidelines for the UK National Health Service):
South Africa. Key documents on South Africa’s national drug policy and essential drugs programme:
http://www.healthlink.org.za under “Info. Resources”
Also on line press cuttings on health issues at:
United States Pharmacopeia:
ICIUM. Presentations from the International Conference on Improving Rational Use of Medicines, in Chiang Mai, Thailand, in April 1997. Reviews interventions to promote rational use of drugs, developing policy guidelines and identifies areas for future research:
International Digest of Health Legislation database:
WHO. Information on WHO programmes, diseases, publications, press releases and much more. Links to WHO Regional Offices.
WHO Department of Essential Drugs and Medicines Policy:
WHO’s Antimicrobial Resistance Information Bank (AR InfoBank) at:
WHO Regional Office for the Americas:
WHO Regional Office for Europe Pharmaceuticals Programme:
The Programme’s Special Project for the
WHO Regional Office for South-East Asia:
WHO Regional Office for the Western Pacific HIV-AIDS Antiretroviral Newsletter:
WHO priced publications on pharmaceuticals:
Web sites on trade-related issues and access to medicines
The Consumer Project on Technology web site is an extensive source of information (articles and data) on regional trade agreements and TRIPS, patents and drugs, compulsory licensing, parallel imports, health registration data and generic competition:
The South Centre is an intergovernmental body which works for the benefit of developing countries of the South. Its web site provides interesting bibliographical references and papers, some covering pharmaceuticals and trade issues.
The Third World Network is an independent non-profit international network of organizations and individuals involved in development issues. Its web site offers articles and position papers on a variety of subjects related to developing countries, including trade, health, biotechnology and biosafety.
The World Intellectual Property Organization provides information related to intellectual property and patents in general, and to the international intellectual property treaties it manages.
The World Trade Organization has a very comprehensive web site, including a page on the TRIPS Agreement.
Drug access campaign web sites
Various activist organizations are involved in treatment access campaigns, including some internationally-coordinated work, for example:
Global Treatment Access Campaign:
South Africa’s Treatment Action Campaign:
Save the Children Fund:
ACT UP chapters in New York, Paris and Philadelphia:
See also MSF access campaign, address listed under NGOs
E-MAIL DISCUSSION GROUPS
AFRO-NETS African Networks for Health Research and Development
For exchange of information between networks active in health research for development in eastern and southern Africa. To subscribe contact: firstname.lastname@example.org Leave the subject line blank and write “subscribe afro-nets” in the text space.
An easy way to obtain and discuss current information on essential drugs, national drug policies and standard treatment guidelines. It is also a good source of information on upcoming conferences and courses, new publications, recent articles, and broader political (e.g. trade, patents, pricing) aspects of drug access. To view: http://www.healthnet.org/programs/edrug.html To subscribe contact: email@example.com Put “subscribe e-drug” in the text space.
For the French language E-Drug, write “subscribe e-med” and for the Spanish “subscribe e-farmacos”.
Provides a new electronic forum in Spanish for those wanting to discuss new ideas, research, education or practice of evidence-based health care.
To subscribe contact: RafaBravo@bitmailer.com
HIF-net at WHO
An e-mail discussion list for people who want to improve access to reliable information for health workers in developing and transitional countries.
To subscribe contact: INASP_Health@compuserve.com
INDICES: International Network for Drug Information Centres
An electronic forum for discussion of issues related to drug information.
To subscribe contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Very comprehensive and super-rapid discussions of intellectual property and health care issues, including pharmaceutical policies, particularly in relation to access to medicines, pricing, global campaigns. A digest option is available.
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No Free Lunch
Serves as a forum for the exchange of ideas and information on evidence based treatment and industry promotional activities. To subscribe contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
On the web at: http://www.pairlist.net/mailman/listinfo/nofreelunchserve
SAFCO (SIDA en Afrique du Centre et de l’Ouest)
Network set up to encourage discussion (in French) and the electronic exchange of information on issues related to HIV or AIDS in francophone Africa. To subscribe contact: email@example.com