A national drug policy, presented and printed as an official government statement, is important because it acts as a formal record of aspirations, aims, decisions and commitments. Without such a formal policy document there may be no general overview of what is needed; as a result, some government measures may conflict with others, because the various goals and responsibilities are not clearly defined and understood. The policy document should be developed through a systematic process of consultation with all interested parties. In this process the objectives must be defined, priorities must be set, strategies must be developed and commitment must be built.
Scientific and technical material: Pharmaceutical policies
- Conceptos, estrategias y herramientas para una política farmacéutica nacional en las Américas. Washington, DC: OPS, 2016.
- Medicamentos Esenciales: 30 Años Contribuyendo a la Salud Pública. Memoria de la Reunion Internacional, Lima, Peru. 26 y 27 de noviembre del 2007