Recommendations for Pharmacy Management and the Dispensing of Anti-Retroviral Medicines in Resource-limited Settings. FIP Working Group on Pharmacists and HIV-AIDS
(2008; 86 pages)

Abstract

Thanks to the WHO 3×5 Initiative (launched in 2003) and recent substantial financial support, such as that provided by the Global Fund for HIV/AIDS, Malaria and Tuberculosis, or the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), almost 3 million HIV-positive people living in low and middle income countries – 2,120,000 of whom live in Sub-Saharan Africa – now have access to antiretrovirals (ARVs). Nevertheless, this widened access to ARV drugs raises the question of the availability of human resources needed to ensure continuity and quality of patient care, treatment and follow-up...

WHO and allied stakeholders both locally and abroad have recently become aware of these gaps and have proposed solutions, including strengthening financial supports, improving and creating training opportunities, technical support, and experience sharing. This document is aimed at providing grass-roots pharmacists and their teams with practical, basic and concrete guidelines for the correct management and dispensing of medicines for patients infected with HIV.

This document is intended for pharmacists in charge of dispensing HIV/AIDS treatments, whether they work in hospital pharmacies or other dispensing outlets such as those run by international humanitarian organizations (i.e.: MSF, ICRC) or by local community based associations. In the text, the word "organization" covers those structures. This collection of fourteen technical sheets on good practice have been created in the framework of a PharmD Thesis based on data collected with five associative structures involved in HIV/AIDS care for patients infected with HIV both in Mali and Burkina Faso...

Training pharmacists will contribute to ensuring Quality Assurance of the chain, essential to offering better healthcare management to patients living with HIV. For this purpose, several resources are available on the website of the FIP Working Group on Pharmacists and HIV/ AIDS (http://www.fip.org/hivaids).

 
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