(2010; 10 pages)
The goal of Practical Pharmacy is to provide accessible, objective and accurate information on medicines issues for front-line health workers who may not have any pharmaceutical training. In this issue we focus on medicines donations and highlight good medicines donation practices. Medicines donations sent to “help” developing countries can actually do more harm than good if proper guidelines are not followed. Medicines donations are necessary and valued when they accurately meet the recipient’s needs. However, guidelines should be followed and international regulations developed to ensure that donations are effective, safe and useful to those most in need. In this issue of Practical Pharmacy we focus on the following: Core principles for a donation; Medicine donations checklist for donors; Receiving medicines donations; Guidelines for medicine donations; Inspecting donated medicines; Summary of national guidelines for receiving medicines donations.