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?
Close this folder4. Defining aims, target and type of bulletin
View the document4.1 Principles
View the document4.2 What is already available?
View the document4.3 Information on drug utilisation helps you choose topics
View the document4.4 Defining and refining the aims of the bulletin
View the document4.5 Who are the readers?
View the document4.6 What type of information is needed?
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
Open this folder and view contents13. Partnership and collaboration
Open this folder and view contents14. Keeping records and creating a memory
Open this folder and view contentsAppendix: Electronic sources of information

4.2 What is already available?

If your country has many sources of drug information, does it need a bulletin? Health workers are usually busy people, so your bulletin has to compete for their time and attention. If your bulletin offers them something different they are more likely to read it. For example, if the only other drug information available comes from pharmaceutical companies then you can offer information which is not designed to increase drug use or sales.

Consider what health workers in your country do if they want to find out something about a drug. Do they have access to:

1. Library services:

• books and journals
• computerised databases

2. Drug information services, including drug information centres

3. Industry information:

• product data sheets
• company medical departments

4. The Internet

5. Informal sources of drug information, such as advice from hospital specialists and other knowledgeable colleagues.

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