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Public-Private Roles in the Pharmaceutical Sector - Implications for Equitable Access and Rational Drug Use - Health Economics and Drugs Series, No. 005
(1997; 115 pages) [French] [Spanish] View the PDF document
Abstract
In many countries, the relative roles of the public and private sectors are undergoing change. This is true for the pharmaceutical sector as well as for the overall health sector. It is essential that changes in public-private roles are designed so as to promote drug accessibility and rational drug use. This document is targeted at policy-makers and managers at country, regional and international levels. It draws on experience and analysis to provide a practical guide to how public and private roles may affect drug accessibility and rational drug use. This document addresses seven main questions: 1. How is the pharmaceutical market organized and what makes it different from other markets? 2. What are the essential responsibilities of the state in the pharmaceutical sector? 3. What is the current public-private mix in pharmaceutical markets? 4. Can market mechanisms help to improve efficiency and ensure access to essential drugs in the public sector? 5. What mechanisms best promote the availability, affordability and rational use of drugs in the private sector? 6. What role should the government play in the manufacture of pharmaceuticals? 7. What capacities are needed to manage changing roles and how can these capacities be enhanced?
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Open this folder and view contents1. Public and private roles in the pharmaceutical sector
Open this folder and view contents2. Pharmaceutical markets: structure and performance
Open this folder and view contents3. Essential state responsibilities
Open this folder and view contents4. The public-private mix in drug markets: a global picture1
Open this folder and view contents5. Market mechanisms in public drug supply
Open this folder and view contents6. Promoting public health needs through the private sector
Open this folder and view contents7. Pharmaceutical production and public-private roles
Open this folder and view contents8. Capacity-building and the process of change
Open this folder and view contents9. Managing public-private roles
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Public-Private Roles in the Pharmaceutical Sector - Implications for Equitable Access and Rational Drug Use - Health Economics and Drugs Series, No. 005

WHO/DAP/97.12
Original: English
Distribution: Limited

Health Economics and Drugs
DAP Series No. 5

World Health Organization
Action Programme on Essential Drugs

 

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