An assessment of the pharmaceutical situation was undertaken in Barbados
between October, 2009 and July, 2010 using a standardized methodology developed
by the World Health Organization (WHO). The goal of the assessment was to
evaluate the pharmaceutical situation in Barbados. The specific objectives were
to provide data to measure outcomes on affordability and availability of key
medicines, geographical accessibility of dispensing facilities and rational use
of medicines, as well as some indication of the quality of medicines at health
facilities and pharmacies. These data would provide evidence on whether the
pharmaceutical policy is achieving its goals.
The Pharmaceutical Situation Level II study has two components: a health
facilities survey and a household survey, both based on indicators. In the first
component, data relating to pharmaceutical policy outcomes are gathered from
public and private pharmacies and warehouses that supply public facilities. The
second data comes from a questionnaire applied at the household level.