National drug policies are guides to action. They provide a framework for the evolution of the pharmaceutical sector . Within the context of national health policy (stated or implicit), national drug policies promote access, rational use and quality of drugs.
National drug policies should be developed with the broad involvement of the full range of public, private for-profit and private not-for-profit organizations or individuals discussed in Section 2.2. However, the ultimate responsibility rests with the state for ensuring that a policy exists and that it is implemented.