Drug and Therapeutics Committees - A Practical Guide
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Table of Contents
View the documentAcronyms and abbreviations
View the documentPreface
Close this folder1. Introduction
View the document1.1 Why are drug and therapeutics committees (DTCs) needed?
View the document1.2 Goals and objectives of the DTC
View the document1.3 Functions of the DTC
View the document1.4 Role of the DTC in the drug management cycle
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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View the documentUseful addresses and websites
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1.4 Role of the DTC in the drug management cycle

The drug management cycle (Figure 1.1) illustrates the necessity for coordination of managerial and technical support with appropriate drug policies and guidelines, in order for any drug system to run smoothly (MSH 1997, part IV, section A on ‘Organization and Management’). The figure highlights the coordination between the DTC and the drug purchasing and inventory control body.

Figure 1.1 The drug management cycle

The DTC will often have to coordinate with those responsible for procurement and distribution of medicines. The DTC would not normally do the procurement itself: its role would normally be to ensure that the formulary system and other drug policies developed by the DTC are implemented by the procurement department. Every effort should be made to avoid the DTC degenerating into a forum only for making procurement decisions and complaining to the pharmacist about stock-outs. Furthermore, it is unwise to concentrate too much power over the pharmaceutical system in any one body, as this may lead to corrupt practices. The functions of selecting medicines, procurement, payments and inventory control are best kept separate (WHO/UNICEF/UNFPA/WB 1999).


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