The goal of a DTC is to ensure that patients are provided with the best possible cost-effective and quality of care through determining what medicines will be available, at what cost, and how they will be used.
In order to achieve this goal a DTC will have the following objectives:
• to develop and implement an efficient and cost-effective formulary system which includes consistent standard treatment protocols, a formulary list and formulary manual
• to ensure that only efficacious, safe, cost-effective and good quality medicines are used
• to ensure the best possible drug safety through monitoring, evaluating and thereby preventing, as far as possible, adverse drug reactions (ADRs) and medication errors
• to develop and implement interventions to improve medicine use by prescribers, dispensers and patients; this will require the investigation and monitoring of medicine use.