Strategic Pharmaceutical Management Information System for TB in the Dominican Republic
(2011; 3 pages)

SPS. 2011. Strategic Pharmaceutical Management Information System for TB in the Dominican Republic. Submitted to the U.S. Agency for International Development by the Strengthening Pharmaceutical Systems (SPS) Program. Arlington, VA: Management Sciences for Health.

Abstract

In 2007, the Dominican Republic experienced a shortage of antimalarial medicines throughout its entire health services network, which was attributable to the fact that purchase orders were not being placed until after safety stocks had been exhausted. The underlying cause, subsequently identified, was the absence of a supply management information system that would aid in planning pharmaceutical procurement and distribution.

Determining how many months’ supply of pharmaceuticals and related supplies are on hand at each level and in the country as a whole by gathering information for a single basic indicator makes it possible to prevent shortages, either by scheduling purchases on a timely basis or by redistributing stock on hand.

 
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