Rational use of medicines and other health technologies

The promotion of rational use of medicines through policies, structures, information, and education includes national body to coordinate policies on medicine use; evidence-based clinical guidelines for training, supervision and supporting decision-making; lists of essential medicines used for medicine procurement and insurance reimbursement; medicines and therapeutics committees in districts and hospitals to monitor and implement interventions to improve the use of medicines; continuing medical education; independent and unbiased information about medicines for health personnel and consumers; elimination of financial incentives that lead to improper prescribing; regulations to ensure that promotional activities meet ethical criteria; and adequate funding to ensure availability of medicines and health personnel.

 

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Fact sheet

The promotion of rational use of medicines through policies, structures, information and education includes:

  • A national body to coordinate policies on medicine use
  • Evidence-based clinical guidelines for training, supervision and supporting decision-making
  • Lists of essential medicines for medicine procurement and insurance reimbursement
  • Medicines and therapeutics committees in districts and hospitals to monitor and implement interventions to improve the use of medicines
  • Continuing medical education
  • Independent and unbiased information about medicines for health personnel and consumers
  • Elimination of financial incentives that lead to improper prescribing
  • Regulations to ensure that promotional activities meet ethical criteria
  • Adequate funding to ensure availability of medicines and health personnel.