Framing Objective Criteria For Selection Of Medicines In A Nepalese Teaching Hospital: Initial Experiences 1455-1459
Mrs. Nisha Jha, Asst. Prof.,
Dept. of Clinical Pharmacology & Therapeutics,
KIST Medical College, Imadol, Lalitpur, Nepal
Phone: 00977-01-5201680, 00977-01-4472028 (Res.)
Fax: 00977-01-5201496, E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Inefficient and irrational use of medicines is a widespread problem at all levels of health care. (1) Per capita wastage from inefficiencies and irrational use tends to be greatest in hospitals. This is particularly worrisome, since resources are scarce and prescribers in the communities often copy hospital prescribers. Many of these sources of wastage could be reduced if some simple principles of drug management and use are followed. However, it is difficult to implement these principles because staff from many different disciplines is involved in different aspects of drug management and use. Often, there is no forum for these different disciplines to work together in developing and implementing appropriate drug policies.