(2003; 6 pages) [French] [Spanish]
There are two categories of research that are of particular importance in the development and implementation of national drug policies:
• Operational research in medicine access, quality and rational use is aimed at better understanding of factors affecting drug use, and identifying the best methods of selecting, procuring, distributing and correctly using drugs. It is an essential tool in assessing the drug policy’s impact and its results underpin management decisions.
• Drug development and clinical research includes research into new drugs, drugs for neglected infectious diseases, new dosage forms and manufacturing processes, and clinical assessments of efficacy and safety.