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
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Open this folder and view contents4. Selection of essential drugs
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10. Research

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.

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