Management of Drugs at Health Centre Level - Training Manual
(2004; 84 pages) View the PDF document
Table of Contents
View the documentForeword
View the documentAcknowledgements
View the documentObjectives
View the document1. Introduction
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Open this folder and view contents3. Selection of drugs
Close this folder4. Drug procurement
View the document4.1 Estimation of drug requirements
View the document4.2 Determining drug types and quantities required
View the document4.3 Delivery (lead) time
View the document4.4 Monthly consumption
View the document4.5 Request indicator (re-order)
View the document4.6 Quantity to be requested
View the document4.7 Price of drugs
Open this folder and view contents4.8 Requisition, supply and receipt of drugs
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Close this folder4.10 Drug storage
View the document4.10.1 Proper drug storage
View the document4.10.2 Storage Environment
View the document4.10.3 Arrangement of drugs on shelves
View the document4.10.4 The storeroom
View the document4.10.5 The dispensary
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Open this folder and view contents6. Use of drugs
Open this folder and view contents7. Drug stock management support tools
View the document8. Definitions
View the document9. References
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4.10.3 Arrangement of drugs on shelves

The following guidelines are for arranging drugs.

• Shelves should be made of steel or treated wood.
• Shelves should be strong and robust.
• Drugs are arranged in alphabetical order of generic names.
• Each dosage form of drug is arranged in separate and distinct areas.
• Sufficient empty space should demarcate one drug or dosage form from another.


Most recently received drugs are placed behind old stock on the shelf except where new drugs have shorter expiration dates.

It is important to ensure the following rules in the dispensary and the store attached to the dispensary:

• Keep the environment clean.
• Always put lids properly on tins always and at the close of the day.
• Put drugs in a dry place protected from light and heat.
• Store liquids on a pallet on the floor or on the lowest shelf.


The store must be cleaned daily and mopped at least once a week.

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