Mongolia: First Conference on National Drug Policy. Essential Drugs Monitor No. 013 (1992)
(1992; 1 page)


In May 1992, Mongolia held its first conference on national drug policy. The conference was attended by 300 Mongolian physicians, pharmacists, administrators, researchers, and teachers as well as representatives from international health and development agencies. Mongolian officials decided to create a national drug policy to govern drug management in the country following the compilation of a national essential drugs list and an assessment of the drug situation following an acute shortage in 1990. The primary goal of the conference was to develop a national drug policy that would strengthen the infrastructure for the selection, procurement, distribution, and use of both modern and traditional medicines in Mongolia. Mongolia has received international support for its desire to create a national drug policy from UNICEF and Médecins Sans Frontières, among others. One issue that needed to be addressed by the policy was rational drug use. At the conference, Dr. M. Chultemsuren, Head, Chair of Pharmacology at the Medical University in Ulaanbaatar cited a study describing the widespread irrational use of antibiotics. He suggested patient and prescriber education on rational use and dissemination of objective drug information as solutions. Further discussion at the conference centered on privatization, the use of international nonproprietary or generic names, and standards for traditional medicine. The conference concluded with the adoption of recommendations for the structure of a new national drug policy. The recommendations included legislation on controlling and regulating drug production, a computerized registration system, the introduction of standardized treatments, education on the essential drugs concept for health care personnel, improved drug information, and modernized technology for drug production. (Abstract by Flannery Bowman, 2013)

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