Workshop on Pharmaceutical Policies and Access to Good Quality Essential Medicines for Pacific Island Countries. Suva, Fiji, 30 August to 1 September 2006
(2007; 38 pages)

Abstract

A workshop on Pharmaceutical Policies and Access to Good Quality Essential Medicines for Pacific Island Countries was held in Suva, Fiji, from 30 August to 1 September 2006.

The objectives of the workshop were:

(I) to discuss the problems and gaps in the pharmaceutical sector that need to be addressed; and

(2) to review the implementation of the EC/ACP/WHO Partnership on Pharmaceutical Policies project with the following outputs:

(a) identification of key areas to be addressed in year 2 (2006); and

(b) development of a draft project implementation plans for years 3, 4 and 5.

The 21 workshop participants came from Cook Islands, Fiji, Kiribati, the Marshall Islands, Nauru, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga and Vanuatu.

The programme consisted of plenary presentations and discussions, exercises on pharmaceutical supply and management assessment and on national work plans for the EC-WHO partnership project, and a visit to Fiji Pharmaceutical Services. Participants also reviewed recommendations of the Informal Consultation on Strengthening Medicines Regulation and Quality Assurance for some selected Pacific Island Countries that met on 29 August 2006.

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