Essential Drugs Monitor No. 005 (1987)
(1987; 12 pages) [French] [Spanish]

Abstract

Edition 5 of the Essential Drugs Monitor emphasizes the need for national drug policies that align with the essential drug concept. There are two main articles in this issue. The first explains why it is beneficial for countries to have their own national drug policy. It outlines the major components of a national drug policy and suggests that all countries hold a workshop or seminar to analyze problems, discuss implications of proposed solutions, agree on priorities and create an action plan. The second main article provides an update from Bangladesh regarding their 1982 Drug Control Ordinance. The ordinance faced opposition from the pharmaceutical industry. However, this article states that it helped both public and private sectors, mainly by increasing production of essential drugs and decreasing imported products.

This issue also contains a report on Thailand following a 1986 visit from a WHO essential drugs review team. It states that Thailand was on target in five major areas of its National Drug Policy. There is also an article on Guinea’s new essential drugs programme, funded by the WHO Action Programme and UNICEF. The Published Lately section highlights several new guidelines and manuals, including the 1986 Uganda Essential Drugs Manual which explains the essential drugs concept to health workers. In the Newsdesk, there is a brief summary of a UNIDO study on pharmaceutical consumption, production and trade in Latin America. The Rational Use of Drugs section features a short article on psychiatric prescribing, and the need for physicians to have more training on this subject. This issue concludes with an article on the recent threat to international nonproprietary names (INNs) from companies applying for trademarks derived from existing INNs.

 
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