oa Central African Journal of Medicine - Pharmacological notes: control of drug supply and drug monitoring

Volume 29, Issue 5
  • ISSN : 0008-9176



Western prescribing habits are extravagant and wasteful in the context of a developing country like Zimbabwe. However, nothing in medicine excites more emotion than constraints on freedom to prescribe (McQueen, 1977). If these constraints or restrictions were suspected of political motivation they would undoubtedly meet strong opposition. There, generally, is no problem if economic implications are shown to be acceptable. Economic benefits from the control of drug supply should be considered with reference to risks. How many lay people know this?

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