(2017; 53 pages)
Medicines listed in the Cook Islands Essential Medicines List (EML) have been approved by the Cook Islands Ministry of Health Drug and Therapeutics Committee for use in Ministry of Health hospitals, clinics and pharmacies in the Cook Islands.
Only medicines listed in the EML are recommended for use and are available in the Ministry of Health pharmacies and hospitals.
For medicines not listed on the EML practitioners have the following options:
- changing to an EML-listed alternative
- provide a prescription to enable the patient to purchase their supply from a community pharmacy
The indexing system of the WHO EML has been maintained for ease of updating and comparison. Medicines listed under different headings are approved and recommended for use for that condition.