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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
Open this folder and view contentsCore policies to promote more rational use of medicines
View the documentKey documents
View the documentContacts at WHO Headquarters

Key documents

Grimshaw JG, Russell IT, Effect of Clinical Guidelines on Medical Practice: A Systematic Review of Rigorous Evaluations, Lancet, 1993; 342: 1317-132.

Hogerzeil HV, Promoting Rational Prescribing: An International Perspective. British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology, 1995; 39: 1-6.

Hogerzeil HV, et al. Field Tests for Rational Drug Use in Twelve Developing Countries, Lancet, 1993; 342: 1408-1410.

Laing R, Hogerzeil HV, Ross-Degnan D. Ten Recommendations to Improve the Use of Medicines in Developing Countries. Health Policy and Planning, 2001; 16(1): 13-20.

Quick JD, Rankin JR, Laing RO, O'Connor RW, Hogerzeil HV, Dukes MNG, Garnett A. Managing Drug Supply, 2nd ed. West Hartford: Kumarian Press; 1997.

Weekes LM, Brooks C. Drugs and Therapeutics Committees in Australia: Expected and Actual Performance. British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology, 1996; 42(5): 551-7.

*World Health Organization. Essential Drugs Monitor, 1997; 23: 10.

*World Health Organization. Ethical Criteria for Medicinal Drug Promotion, Geneva: WHO; 1988.

*World Health Organization. Guide to Good Prescribing. Geneva: WHO; 1994.

*World Health Organization, How to Develop and Implement a National Drug Policy. 2nd ed. Geneva: WHO; 2001.

*World Health Organization, How to Investigate Drug Use in Health Facilities. Selected Drug Use Indicators. Geneva: WHO; 1993.

*World Health Organization. WHO Medicines Strategy: Framework for Action in Essential Drugs and Medicines Policy 2000-2003. Geneva: WHO; 2000. (WHO/EDM/2000.1).

*World Health Organization. WHO Model Formulary. Geneva: WHO; 2002.

World Health Organization, The Rational Use of Drugs. Report of the Conference of Experts. Geneva: WHO; 1985.

*World Health Organization. Teacher's Guide to Good Prescribing. Geneva: WHO; 2001. (WHO/EDM/PAR/2001.2).

* World Health Organization. The Selection and Use of Essential Medicines: Report of the WHO Expert Committee (including the 12th WHO Model List of Essential Medicines). Geneva: WHO; 2002 (in preparation).


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