The World Medicines Situation 2011 - National Medicines Policies - A review of the Evolution and Development Processes
(2013; 23 pages)


1. A national medicines policy developed in a collaborative fashion identifies strategies and provides a comprehensive framework to develop all components of a national pharmaceutical sector.

2. The policy process is as important as the policy document, since the process creates a mechanism for stakeholders to come together and collective ownership of the final policy can be achieved.

3. The analysis of four examples of a national medicines policy formulation process shows that a political window of opportunity usually serves as a key element in reforming a national medicines policy.

4. Political pressure by national experts or nongovernmental organizations is generally needed to establish a single comprehensive document.

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