Standard Treatment Guidelines and Essential Drugs List for South Africa. Primary Health Care, Third edition 2003
(2003; 392 pages)

Resumen
In keeping with the objectives of the National Drug Policy, the third edition of the Standard Treatment Guidelines and Essential Drugs List for Primary Health Care has been developed. The implementation of this new concept is a time consuming process and it has been five years since the previous review. Advocacy and training are vital to this implementation. Several actions were taken to improve access to medicines at Primary Health Care level. Legislation has been adapted to address the issues around affordability. Pharmacovigilance remains an important aspect to ensure the safety of medicines used. In order to strengthen the adverse drug reaction reporting system in South Africa, a guideline together with a reporting form has been incorporated to assist healthcare providers. The cost, time and effort expended in producing this book will be in vain if the concepts of evidence based selection of medicines and cost-effective treatment protocols are not integrated into the curricula for doctors, nurses and pharmacists. It is the responsibility of every health professional to advocate the implementation and use of the Standard Treatment Guidelines and Essential Drugs List. It should be remembered that the Standard Treatment Guidelines and Essential Drugs List are a guideline to the compilation of provincial formularies. Formularies remain the responsibility of provincial Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committees. First printed 1996, second edition 1998, third edition 2003.
 
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