Thursday, 22 November 2012

National Essential Drugs List will be extended to large hospitals

by Michael Woodhead
China's Health Minister Chen Zhu has announced that the 2012 version of the national essential drug catalog is about to be launched and will extend its scope from local "grassroots" medical institutions to large urban hospitals;
The Ministry of Health-approved list of basic medications will be for the prevention and treatment of major diseases, and included in the National Essential Drugs List Management.
Speaking at the China Pharmaceutical Conference, sponsored by the Chinese Pharmaceutical Association  in Nanjing, the minister said  the essential drugs list will promote the rational use of medicines by encouraging the use of necessary, safe and effective, reasonably priced, and easy to use Western medicines.
The new drug policy is based on the use of basic medications on scientific principles included in the National Essential Drugs List. Minister Chen Zhu pointed out that medical reform and pharmacy services are needed at the grass-roots level to promote the rational use of medicines to safeguard the health of the people. However,  China still has an insufficient number of pharmacy personnel, an uneven distribution of professional quality, and  a weak foundation of grassroots pharmacy services and other issues. Therefore it is necessary to seize the opportunity in the national talent development plan for pharmacists to tackle the shortage of qualified personnel, to implement pharmacist team development planning, focus on strengthening pharmacists' team building, and enhance the rural grassroots pharmacy personnel focus on professional and technical service capabilities to improve the overall quality of pharmacist team.

Read more: China Medical Tribune

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