Guidelines for Drug Donations - Revised 1999
(1999; 24 pages) [French] [Spanish] Voir le document au format PDF
Table des matières
Afficher le documentChanges incorporated into the 1999 edition
Afficher le documentI. Introduction
Afficher le documentII. The need for guidelines
Afficher le documentIII. Core principles
Fermer ce répertoireIV. Guidelines for drug donations
Afficher le documentSelection of drugs
Afficher le documentQuality assurance and shelf-life
Afficher le documentPresentation, packing and labelling
Afficher le documentInformation and management
Ouvrir ce répertoire et afficher son contenuV. Other ways donors can help
Ouvrir ce répertoire et afficher son contenuVI. How to implement a policy on drug donations
Afficher le documentAnnex: Examples of problems with drug donations
Afficher le documentAcknowledgements
Afficher le documentReferences
Afficher le documentBack 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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