How to Develop and Implement a National Drug Policy (Second Edition)
(2001; 96 pages) [French] [Spanish] View the PDF document
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View the documentContributors
View the documentAbbreviations and acronyms
View the documentPreface
Open this folder and view contentsPart I: How to develop and implement a national drug policy
Close this folderPart II: Key components of a national drug policy
Close this folder4. Selection of essential drugs
View the document4.1 Essential drugs
View the document4.2 Old problems and new challenges
View the document4.3 Strategies for the selection of essential drugs
View the document4.4 Traditional and herbal medicines
Open this folder and view contents5. Affordability
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Open this folder and view contents7. Supply systems
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4. Selection of essential drugs

Key policy issues

Drug selection, preferably linked to national clinical guidelines, is a crucial step in ensuring access to essential drugs and in promoting rational drug use, because no public sector or health insurance system can afford to supply or reimburse all drugs that are available on the market. Key policy issues are:

• the adoption of the essential drugs concept to identify priorities for government involvement in the pharmaceutical sector, and especially for drug supply in the public sector and for reimbursement schemes;

• procedures to define and update the national list(s) of essential drugs;

• selection mechanisms for traditional and herbal medicines

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