Promoting Rational Use of Medicines: Core Components - WHO Policy Perspectives on Medicines, No. 005, September 2002
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View the documentDefinition of rational use of medicines
View the documentThe problem of irrational use
View the documentAssessing the problem of irrational use
View the documentWorking towards rational use of medicines
Close this folderCore policies to promote more rational use of medicines
View the document1. A mandated multi-disciplinary national body to coordinate medicine use policies
View the document2. Clinical guidelines
View the document3. Essential medicines list based on treatments of choice
View the document4. Drugs and therapeutics committees in districts and hospitals
View the document5. Problem-based training in pharmacotherapy in undergraduate curricula
View the document6. Continuing in-service medical education as a licensure requirement
View the document7. Supervision, audit and feedback
View the document8. Independent medicine information
View the document9. Public education about medicines
View the document10. Avoidance of perverse financial incentives
View the document11. Appropriate and enforced regulation
View the document12. Sufficient government expenditure to ensure availability of medicines and staff
View the documentKey documents
View the documentContacts at WHO Headquarters
 

Core policies to promote more rational use of medicines

Although many gaps remain in our knowledge, a summary of what is known concerning core policies, strategies and interventions to promote more rational use of medicines is presented in the following sections and summarized in Box 4.

Box 4 Twelve core interventions to promote more rational use of medicines

1. A mandated multi-disciplinary national body to coordinate medicine use policies

2. Clinical guidelines

3. Essential medicines list based on treatments of choice

4. Drugs and therapeutics committees in districts and hospitals

5. Problem-based pharmacotherapy training in undergraduate curricula

6. Continuing in-service medical education as a licensure requirement

7. Supervision, audit and feedback

8. independent information on medicines

9. Public education about medicines

10. Avoidance of perverse financial incentives

11. Appropriate and enforced regulation

12. Sufficient government expenditure to ensure availability of medicines and staff

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