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Drug and Therapeutics Committees - A Practical Guide
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Abstract
Irrational use of medicines is a widespread problem at all levels of health care, but especially in hospitals. This is particularly worrying as resources are generally scarce and prescribers in communities often copy hospital prescribing practices. Use of medicines can be greatly improved and wastage reduced if some simple principles of drug management are followed. But it is difficult to implement these principles because staff from many different disciplines are involved, often with no forum for bringing them together to develop and implement appropriate medicines policies. A drug and therapeutics committee (DTC) provides such a forum, allowing all the relevant people to work together to improve health care delivery, whether in hospitals or other health facilities. In many developed countries a well functioning DTC has been shown to be very effective in addressing drug use problems. However, in many developing countries DTCs do not exist and in others they do not function optimally, often due to lack of local expertise or a lack of incentives. Drug and Therapeutics Committees: A Practical Guide provides guidance to doctors, pharmacists, hospital managers and other professionals who may be serving on DTCs and/or who are concerned with how to improve the quality and cost efficiency of therapeutic care. It is relevant for all kinds of DTCs - whether in public or private hospitals and whether at district or tertiary referral level. This comprehensive manual covers a committee’s functions and structure, the medicines formulary process, and how to assess new medicines. The chapters on tools to investigate drug use and strategies to promote rational use are followed by a discussion of antimicrobial resistance and infection control. The publication concludes by explaining in detail how to start a committee or improve the effectiveness of an existing one. The manual has been developed by the WHO Department of Essential Drugs and Medicines Policy, in collaboration with the Rational Pharmaceutical Management Plus Program of Management Sciences for Health.
Table of Contents
View the documentAcronyms and abbreviations
View the documentPreface
Open this folder and view contents1. Introduction
Open this folder and view contents2.Structure and organization of a drug and therapeutics committee
Open this folder and view contents3. Managing the formulary process
Open this folder and view contents4.Assessing new medicines
Open this folder and view contents5.Ensuring medicine safety and quality
Open this folder and view contents6.Tools to investigate the use of medicines
Open this folder and view contents7.Promoting the rational use of medicines
Open this folder and view contents8.Antimicrobials and injections
Open this folder and view contents9. Getting started
View the documentGlossary1
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Drug and Therapeutics Committees - A Practical Guide

WHO/EDM/PAR/2004.1

World Health Organization
Department of Essential Drugs and Medicines Policy
Geneva, Switzerland

In collaboration with

Management Sciences for Health
Center for Pharmaceutical Management
Rational Pharmaceutical Management Program
Arlington, Virginia, USA

Authors

Kathleen Holloway1 (Editor)
Terry Green2

with contributions from: Edelisa Carandang,1 Hans Hogerzeil,1 Richard Laing,3 David Lee,2

The text was reviewed by: John Chalker,2 Mary Couper,1 Andrew Creese,1 Marthe Everard,1 Anna Paula di Felici,4 Chris Forshaw,5 David Henry,6 Yvan Hutin,7 Sabine Kopp,1 Souly Phanouvong,8 Clive Ondari,1 Lembit Rago,1 Marcus Reidenberg,9 Budiono Santoso,10 Anthony Savelli2 and Rosamund Williams.4

1 Department of Essential Drugs and Medicines Policy (EDM), World Health Organization, Geneva, Switzerland

2 Management Sciences for Health (MSH), Washington DC, USA*

3 Department of International Health, Boston University, Boston, Massachusetts, USA

4 Department of Communicable Disease Surveillance and Response, World Health Organization, Geneva, Switzerland

5 Uganda Health Sector Programme Support, Danida, Kampala, Uganda

6 Department of Clinical Pharmacology, University of Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia

7 Safe Injection Global Network, Department of Blood Safety and Clinical Technology, World Health Organization, Geneva, Switzerland

8 Global Assistance Initiatives, United States Pharmacopeia, Maryland, USA

9 Division of Clinical Pharmacology, Weill Medical College of Cornell University, New York, USA

10 Regional Office for the Western Pacific, World Health Organization, Manila, the Philippines

* The MSH Rational Pharmaceutical Management Plus Program is supported by the U.S. Agency for International Development, under the terms of cooperative agreement number HRN-A-00-00-00016-00.


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