National Medicines Policy
NATIONAL DRUG POLICY (NDP)
National Medicines Policy (NDP) is a framework, strategy and commitment of the government and all parties who are related to drugs, in public and private sectors, towards achieving the medium-term goals and long-term country pharmaceutical sector. It has been approved by the cabinet as a government policy on October 11, 2006. NDP includes eight components and is divided into four core components and four support components.
The four core components are as follows:
Quality, Safety and effectiveness of drugs.
The availability of drugs.
Ability Obtained Medicine.
Quality Use of Medicines.
Four supporting components are:
Human Resource Development.
Research and Development.
Management of the National Medicines Policy.
The first four core components have been implemented through other policies. The fourth components - Quality Use of Medicines is implemented through a project called the Comprehensive National Project on Quality Use of Medicines - Consumer. Using "Know Your Medicine" as the tagline, this project emphasizes on the education of consumers paritcularly on rationale use of medicine to achieve quality health care, safe and effective therapy.
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