How to Develop and Implement a National Drug Policy - WHO Policy Perspectives on Medicines, No. 006, January 2003
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View the documentWhat is a national drug policy?
View the documentObjectives of a national drug policy
View the documentThe essential medicine concept is central to a national drug policy
View the documentThe national drug policy process
Close this folderKey components of a national drug policy
View the documentSelection of essential medicines
View the documentAffordability
View the documentFinancing options
View the documentSupply systems
View the documentRegulation and quality assurance
View the documentRational use
View the documentResearch
View the documentHuman resources development
View the documentMonitoring and evaluation
View the documentKey documents


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.


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