Vietnam Moves Ahead with Essential Drugs. Essential Drugs Monitor No. 006 (1988)
(1988; 1 page)

Abstract

In early 1980, the World Health Organization replaced its priority drugs concept with the essential drugs concept. “Essential drugs” are defined as those that “satisfy the health care needs of the majority of the population and should therefore be available at all times in the appropriate dosage forms”. Throughout the middle- and late-1980s, Vietnam applied the core elements of the WHO Action Programme on Essential Drugs to its national drug policy. Vietnam has compiled an essential drugs list of 250 items at all levels, with an additional 33 pharmaceuticals and 35 medicinal plants at the commune level. National and regional seminars, workshops, and training programmes have been held to promote the essential drugs concept and to educate health workers. A therapeutic manual for physicians was published in 1986 and a guide to essential drugs was drafted. The essential drugs concept has been applied in primary health care facilities in three pilot districts and work has been done to upgrade drug manufacturing and storage facilities. There were still problems to be solved in 1988 such as ensuring adequate quantities of drugs, modernizing drug manufacturing, and changing irrational prescription habits. However, the overall situation in Vietnam was positive. (Abstract by Flannery Bowman, 2013)

 
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