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.

 

WHO: Medicines 

 Expert committees, guidelines, Databases, Initiatives, Countries

WHO: Global Essential Medicines *by counties and medicines

Database of the essential medicines lists for 137 countries by searching the World Health Organization’s National Essential Medicines Lists Repository in June of 2017 and manually abstracting information about which medicines were included in each list. More than 2000 unique medicines are listed. This information about 137 national essential medicines lists is intended to facilitate sharing and decision-making capacity globally and also identify opportunities for improving essential medicines lists
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.