Impact of using essential drug list: analysis of drug use indicators in Gaza Strip
AbstractA descriptive cross-sectional study evaluated the compliance of physicians with the Palestinian essential drug list [EDL] in all the government primary care clinics in the Gaza Strip. While 67.4% reported currently using the EDL 51.2% of these physicians reported problems in using it. The mean number of drugs per prescription was 1.92, the percentage of drugs prescribed from the EDL was 97.9% but the percentage of drugs prescribed by generic name was only 5.5%. A copy of the EDL was available in 28.3% of clinics and the availability of key drugs was 82.6%. The compliance of physicians with the EDL was generally good, but more efforts are needed to encourage prescribing by generic name and to ensure the supply of key drugs
Fattouh, R. & Abu Hamad, B. (2010). Impact of using essential drug list: analysis of drug use indicators in Gaza Strip. EMHJ - Eastern Mediterranean Health Journal, 16 (8), 886-892, 2010 http://www.who.int/iris/handle/10665/117955
JournalEMHJ - Eastern Mediterranean Health Journal, 16 (8), 886-892, 2010
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