Guidelines for Drug Donations - Revised 1999
(1999; 24 pages) [French] [Spanish] Ver el documento en el formato PDF
Índice de contenido
Ver el documentoChanges incorporated into the 1999 edition
Ver el documentoI. Introduction
Ver el documentoII. The need for guidelines
Ver el documentoIII. Core principles
Cerrar esta carpetaIV. Guidelines for drug donations
Ver el documentoSelection of drugs
Ver el documentoQuality assurance and shelf-life
Ver el documentoPresentation, packing and labelling
Ver el documentoInformation and management
Abrir esta carpeta y ver su contenidoV. Other ways donors can help
Abrir esta carpeta y ver su contenidoVI. How to implement a policy on drug donations
Ver el documentoAnnex: Examples of problems with drug donations
Ver el documentoAcknowledgements
Ver el documentoReferences
Ver el documentoBack Cover
 

Presentation, packing and labelling

7. All drugs should be labelled in a language that is easily understood by health professionals in the recipient country; the label on each individual container should at least contain the International Nonproprietary Name (INN) or generic name, batch number, dosage form, strength, name of manufacturer, quantity in the container, storage conditions and expiry date.

Justification and explanation

All donated drugs, including those under brand name, should be labelled also with their INN or the official generic name. Most training programmes are based on the use of generic names. Receiving drugs under different and often unknown brand names and without the INN is confusing for health workers and can even be dangerous for patients. In the case of injections, the route of administration should be indicated.

8. As much as possible, donated drugs should be presented in larger quantity units and hospital packs.

Justification and explanation

Large quantity packs are cheaper, less bulky to transport and conform better with public sector supply systems in most developing countries. This provision also prevents the donation of drugs in sample packages, which are impractical to manage. In precarious situations, the donations of paediatric syrups and mixtures may be inappropriate because of logistical problems and their potential misuse.

9. All drug donations should be packed in accordance with international shipping regulations, and be accompanied by a detailed packing list which specifies the contents of each numbered carton by INN, dosage form, quantity, batch number, expiry date, volume, weight and any special storage conditions. The weight per carton should not exceed 50 kilograms. Drugs should not be mixed with other supplies in the same carton.

Justification and explanation

This provision is intended to facilitate the administration, storage and distribution of donations in emergency situations, as the identification and management of unmarked boxes with mixed drugs is very time- and labour-intensive. This provision specifically discourages donations of small quantities of mixed drugs. The maximum weight of 50 kilograms ensures that each carton can be handled without special equipment.

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