The Director of Pharmaceutical Services says that the policy
will also ensure Governments’ commitment to a Pharmaceutical service that is effectively led and efficiently managed.
He outlines that the National Drug Policy is expected to
come on stream by December 2005.
Mr. King further states that the one week training course
provided Antigua and Barbuda with the necessary tools and guidelines for the further development of the National Drug Policy
and Essential Medicines List.
It was also stated that the National Drug Policy will give
credence to Evidence Based Medicine (EBM) and rational prescribing of pharmaceuticals.
“This will create the need for conducting Drug Utilization
Studies aimed at identifying Prescribing patterns of practicing Physicians in Hospitals and community clinics,” he said.
The course which
was sponsored the Pan American Health Organization also addressed Regional legislation for pharmaceuticals, registration of
products and (IPR) International Property Rights issues for the procurement and manufacture of Pharmaceuticals.