Managing Pharmaceuticals in International Health

Authors: Anderson, S., Huss, R., Summers, R., Wiedenmayer, K.

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"One third of the world's population lack effective access to quality assured essential medicines used rationally". When WHO first made this statement fifteen years ago, there was general concern that medical miracles such as antibiotics, antiparasitic medicines, vaccines and anal­ gesics would not be available to many people. Today, the proportion of those lack­ ing access is lower in Asia and Latin America and higher in Africa but there are probably about two billion people in this situation. This book describes the many problems involved, and then puts together possible solutions based on country expe­ riences in a comprehensive and coherent manner. Many people lack access to essential medicines because they and their countries are poor, and because of inefficiencies in their health systems. We know that in low and middle income countries between 25 and 40 per cent of health expenditure is on medicines, and that most of that expenditure is out of pocket. Often this amounts to less than US $ 2 per head per year! In contrast, high income countries spend only 8 to 15 per cent of health expenditure on medicines, and this is mostly paid for by health insurance or social security funds. High income country expen­ diture may be over US $ 400 per person per year! So managing the scanty resources available in low income countries becomes all the more important.

Table of contents (14 chapters)

  • Issues in the Management of Pharmaceuticals in International Health

    Anderson, Stuart (et al.)

    Pages 1-17

  • Access and Availability of Pharmaceuticals in International Health

    Wiedenmayer, Karin

    Pages 19-31

  • Assessing the Pharmaceutical Needs of Patients and Populations

    Huss, Reinhard

    Pages 33-51

  • The Role of Health Professionals

    Wiedenmayer, Karin

    Pages 53-69

  • The Role of the Pharmaceutical Industry

    Anderson, Stuart

    Pages 71-85

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Managing Pharmaceuticals in International Health
Authors
Copyright
2004
Publisher
Birkhäuser Basel
Copyright Holder
Springer Basel AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-0348-7913-2
DOI
10.1007/978-3-0348-7913-2
Softcover ISBN
978-3-7643-6601-8
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIV, 232
Number of Illustrations and Tables
103 b/w illustrations
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