Achieving Better Health Outcomes and Efficiency Gains Through Rational Use of Medicine
(2010; 2 pages)


Rational use of medicines requires that patients receive medications appropriate to their clinical needs, in doses that meet their own individual requirements, for an adequate period of time, and at the lowest cost to them and their community. The irrational use of medicines, that is to say misuse, under-use or over-use of medicines clearly has a negative impact on health outcomes. It can also result in a huge waste of resources...

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