The Pharmaceutical Sector Scan is intended to assemble a core set of existing
information about a country’s pharmaceutical sector and to highlight key
information gaps. It will assess how medicines for primary care are supplied and used. Medicines for hospital
inpatient care, while important, are not the focus of this sector scan. Data on
primary care medicines may already exist in a variety of different government
and private sector institutions or they may have been reported in previous national or international surveys.
The Pharmaceutical Sector Scan will assist national MeTA stakeholder groups
in their efforts to improve transparency in the pharmaceutical sector and to set
priorities for future activities. Collating a large body of relevant information about medicines in a
standardized, userfriendly format will facilitate systematic analysis and point
to areas where key information gaps exist.