Starting or Strengthening a Drug Bulletin - A Practical Manual
(2005; 165 pages) View the PDF document
Table of Contents
View the documentPreface
View the documentHow the manual was produced
View the documentAbout ISDB
View the documentExecutive summary
Open this folder and view contents1. Introduction
Open this folder and view contents2. Rational use of medicines
Open this folder and view contents3. What are drug bulletins?
Open this folder and view contents4. Defining aims, target and type of bulletin
Open this folder and view contents5. Planning resources
Open this folder and view contents6. Planning bulletin production: schedules and timing
Open this folder and view contents7. The editorial process
Open this folder and view contents8. Reviewing a new drug: is it a therapeutic advance?
Open this folder and view contentsAnnexe to Chapter 8: Evaluating harm
Open this folder and view contents9. Design and production
Open this folder and view contents10. Dissemination
Open this folder and view contents11. Organizational and legal issues
Open this folder and view contents12. Evaluating quality and usefulness
Close this folder13. Partnership and collaboration
View the document13.1 The importance of supportive partners
View the document13.2 Possibilities at national, regional and international levels
Close this folder13.3 Various forms of collaboration
View the document13.3.1 Twinning arrangements
View the document13.3.2 Sharing information and resources
View the document13.3.3 Using established bulletins’ expertise
View the document13.3.4 Training sessions and workshops
View the document13.3.5 Ongoing information exchange between bulletins
View the document13.3.6 Collaborative research among bulletins
View the document13.3.7 Information and support for funding applications
View the document13.4 Identifying partners and networks
View the document13.5 Clearly define conditions for partnership
Open this folder and view contents14. Keeping records and creating a memory
Open this folder and view contentsAppendix: Electronic sources of information
 

13.3.5 Ongoing information exchange between bulletins

The process of information exchange is valuable in itself. It allows bulletin editors to learn about new developments, issues and concerns of colleagues working in the same field in other countries. Informal exchanges are very frequent, particularly concerning pharmacovigilance data, and on new drugs which are launched at nearly the same time throughout the world. The ISDB Newsletter also provides a forum for information exchange between bulletins. Electronic media are also useful, for example the English e-mail discussion list ‘E-drug’ [http://www.essentialdrugs.org/] (there are also essential drugs networks in French, Spanish, Russian and for India via the same web site), Healthnet [http://www.healthnet.org/] and INDICES [http://www.essentialdrugs.org/indices] and the network of editors of ISDB member bulletins (to find out about this, visit http://www.isdbweb.org).

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