You may be involved in running an established independent drug bulletin. You may be involved in the development of a new bulletin or exploring the possibility of setting up a drug bulletin. Or maybe you are interested in providing support to an independent drug bulletin. If so, this manual has been written with you in mind, and we hope that it will be a useful and practical tool.
There are many ways to set up and run a drug bulletin and many different types of good bulletin. This manual does not provide a ‘blueprint’ but it should be a helpful ‘road-map’ for those involved in drug bulletins. In other words it does not describe one ‘right’ way to produce a drug bulletin but illustrates various ways. It identifies some of the choices that face those involved in bulletins and it gives examples from a variety of bulletins in different parts of the world. It gives tips and warns of common pitfalls. Above all, this manual aims to draw from the experience of others involved in independent drug bulletins, and to present their experience in such a way that others can use it and benefit from it.
If you are involved in starting or strengthening a drug bulletin this manual should help you to take the decisions that are most appropriate for your work. It should make your tasks easier and help you to perform them more effectively.