New International Network for Rational Use of Drugs. Essential Drugs Monitor No. 009 (1990)
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The International Network for Rational Use of Drugs (INRUD) was formed to provide health professionals, administrators, and researchers in developing countries with a way to communicate, exchange information and ideas, coordinate research projects, develop human resources, and link projects through interested donors. According to Dr. Richard Laing, Network Coordinator, INRUD aims “to promote more clinically effective and economically efficient use of pharmaceuticals”. The INRUD uses a multidisciplinary approach to encourage cooperation between governments, academia, volunteers, and other health care providers and to link the clinical and social sciences. All activities sponsored by INRUD are initiated within developing countries. The Network strongly emphasizes the behavioural aspects of primary health care, interventions in existing health settings, and a commitment to building a local capacity for research. The Network is composed of core groups from member countries and a central support group from Management Sciences for Health and Harvard Medical School in Boston. During its first two years, seven countries joined INRUD: Bangladesh, Ghana, Indonesia, Nepal, Nigeria, Sudan, and Tanzania. The Network was initially financed by the WHO Action Programme on Essential Drugs, Pew Charitable Trusts, and SIDA. In the future, INRUD will receive funding from various foundations, bilateral donors, and multilateral donors. (Abstract by Flannery Bowman, 2013)

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