Manual on Management of Drugs, 3rd Edition, Second Revision, 2008 - Sri Lanka
(2008; 115 pages)

Ensuring an adequate supply of safe and effective drugs of acceptable quality is an integral part of the health policy of Sri Lanka. Appropriate legislation and regulations are provided to implement such a policy. Provision of Essential Medicines is one of the elements in the primary health care package.

Pharmaceuticals play a crucial role in preventive and curative healthcare. Drugs are a vital and an expensive component in the provision of health services .A fair proportion of the health budget (11%) is invested in pharmaceuticals. To ensure maximum benefit from such investment, it is essential that the drug requirements should be based on realistic estimates. Rational prescribing and efficient drug management with a sense of cost and quality consciousness are equally important...

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