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Practical Guide for the Quantification of Anti-TB Medicines: Guidelines for Quantification and Supply Planning for Procurement

This guide is intended to serve as a reference for national-level quanitification, forecasting, and supply planning to inform the procurement of anti-TB medicines in the Philippines. It provides practical guidance for program managers, technical staff, and other key personnel, outlining common considerations and best practices for quantification, and highlighting different methods. It also includes specific guidance for the collection, review, and analysis of data, as well as for building forecast assumptions. To aid in completing quantification exercises, this guide also includes instructions for using QuanTB—an electronic quantification and early warning system designed by SIAPS to improve procurement processes, ordering, and supply planning for TB treatment.

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e-TB Manager: Nine country user experience analysis shows positive results

The International Journal of Medical Informatics recently published the results of a user experience analysis that SIAPS led on e-TB Manager, a digital health tool used to manage TB patients. Using quantitative methods, SIAPS staff analyzed user experiences in nine diverse country health systems that cumulatively bear nearly one-third of the world’s TB burden. The study compared […]

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Improving patient safety and building stronger health systems in Georgia

TB patients on second-line treatment experience a significant number of adverse effects. Some TB medicines result in adverse effects that, if not continuously monitored, can become serious and/or permanent and may hinder patient adherence to treatment. A number of other risk factors can also impact the safety of patients taking TB medicines, including drug interactions […]

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Introducing new TB medicines in five countries

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Improving data for decision making: Philippines adopts SIAPS-developed Pharmacovigilance Monitoring System

With the introduction of new anti-tuberculosis (TB) medicines and novel TB treatment regimens in the Philippines, active pharmacovigilance is needed to ensure that both patient safety and the effectiveness of the treatment are monitored. As an important step in pharmacovigilance implementation, the Philippine Department of Health – Pharmaceutical Division (DOH-PD) has adopted the Pharmacovigilance Monitoring […]

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World TB Day 2017

SIAPS helps high-burden TB countries build their capacity, consensus, and technical skills to strengthen pharmaceutical systems and services. The end goals: Better access to essential medicines, better health outcomes—and a world without TB. Below are highlights of some key projects. The Groundbreaker: Rolling Out a New TB Drug Bedaquiline is the first new class of […]

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Ensuring Sustainable Access to TB Medicines through Inclusion in the Philippine National Formulary

To begin the project, SIAPS helped coordinate regular planning meetings and discussions with the NTP’s Drugs and Supplies Management (DSM) sub-technical working group. SIAPS then facilitated collaboration among the NTP, the PD, WHO, and the GDF.

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Pharmacovigilance Monitoring System Readiness Assessment, Philippine Department of Health

SIAPS, in partnership with the FDA, NTP, and LCP-NCPR, conducted a readiness assessment to determine the current information technology (IT) infrastructure, human resources, processes, and data management and quality control mechanisms available and to identify gaps in the current PV recording and reporting of patients in the seven Programmatic Management of Drug-Resistant TB (PMDT) treatment facilities implementing the 9MTR for multidrug-resistant (MDR)-TB study. The results of this assessment will provide inputs for developing the PViMS implementation plan.

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Situation Analysis: Regulatory Data Management System of Philippines FDA

The goals of this situation analysis were to evaluate the current status of the PFDA’s overall regulatory information management system, with a focus on medicine registration data management, and to develop recommendations and an action plan to cultivate a more robust regulatory information management system, including the required IT solutions to manage licensing of drug establishments and the registration of pharmaceutical products, as well as other operations of the PFDA.

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Technical Brief: Building Leadership and Governance in Supply Chain Management for the National TB Control Program of the Philippines

The National TB Control Program (NTP) in the Philippines is continuously scaling up its operations in the diagnosis and treatment of TB to achieve the results and deliverables described in the 2010–2016 Philippine Plan of Action to Control Tuberculosis. The USAID-funded SIAPS Program is supporting the NTP in its effort to increase the capacity of various aspects of supply chain management, including leadership and governance. SIAPS supported the NTP in establishing the Drugs and Supplies Management Working Group by developing the terms of reference and facilitating regular meetings with partners and stakeholders.

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