Key policy issues
Operational research facilitates the implementation, monitoring and evaluation of different aspects of drug policy. It is an essential tool in assessing the impact of the drug policy on national health service systems and delivery; studying the economics of drug supply; identifying problems related to prescribing and dispensing; and understanding the socio-cultural aspects of drug use. Key policy issues are:
• the need for operational research in drug access, quality and rational use;
• the need and potential for involvement in clinical drug research and development.