oa Central African Journal of Medicine - How essential is the W.H.O. "essential" drug list?: the example of Zimbabwe

Volume 27, Issue 11
  • ISSN : 0008-9176



The basic principles of formulary systems are: To appraise, evaluate and select the most useful medicinal agents within a given context. To specify the scope of therapeutic alternatives. To contain drug costs. The applications of these principles results in a ""formulary"", which is a published list of pharmaceutical products approved by a body of therapeutic experts (The Drug and Therapeutics Committee - D.T.C.). In recent years the World Health Organisation (W.H.O.) has applied time and effort to the evaluation and selection of drugs which may be regarded as ""essential"", especially in the context of developing countries.

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