Guidelines for Redistribution of Excess and Near-Expiry Essential Medicines between Public Health Facilities in South Sudan

The increased shortages and stock-out of essential medicines have raised the need to understand the causes of medicine expiries and subsequently develop strategies for their prevention and management.The MOH has developed this document to empower health workers at all levels to redistribute medicines and supplies that are not needed or are about to expire. Therefore, the procedures presented in this document should be used as a guideline to manage and execute the redistribution of essential medicines by technical staff and health managers at health facilities and program levels.

Rapport de quantification des intrants antipaludiques, 2016 – 2021

Pour informer le Ministère de la santé (MS) de la Guinée des besoins du pays et assurer un approvisionnement suffisant en produits antipaludiques, il est essentiel de développer des prévisions précises et reproductibles et un plan d’approvisionnements pour les besoins futurs. A cette fin, le groupe technique – gestion des achats et des stocks (GT-GAS), composé d’acteurs clés venant du Programme national de lutte contre le paludisme (PNLP), de la Pharmacie centrale de la Guinée (PCG), de la Direction nationale de la pharmacie et du médicament (DNPM), de l’Instance de coordination nationale (ICN), de la United States Agency for International Development (USAID) – Guinée, de Systems for Improved Access to Pharmaceutical and Services (SIAPS) et de Catholic Relief Services (CRS), a tenu un atelier de 10 jours pour produire des prévisions de besoins en intrants antipaludiques sur 5 ans et un plan d’approvisionnements sur 3 ans.

Establishment of Pre-Service Mid-Level Pharmacy Training in Swaziland: From Assessment to Implementation

To assess the feasibility of launching a pharmacy training program or programs in Swaziland, the assessment considered the establishment of different pharmacy training programs with different training models, taking into consideration market requirements in both the public and private sectors. The feasibility assessment recommended the ideal curriculum to be adopted for Swaziland.

Ethiopian National Health Insurance Scale-Up Assessment on Medicines Financing, Use, and Benefit Management

An assessment on current pharmaceutical financing, SHI and CBHI medicines coverage, and public and private sector medicines prescribing and dispensing and their costs was conducted. The SCMS program conducted an assessment that addressed the supply chain and public-private partnership implications of the expected increased demand for quality medicines and related health supplies.

This report presents the findings from the SIAPS assessment, the implications for preparing a proof of concept for launching and implementing the SHI scheme, and the potential for opportunities to engage the private sector.

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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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National Drug Service Organization: Analysis of Markups, Income, and Costs, 2007–2012

The SIAPS Program provided technical assistance to analyze recent NDSO operational costs and income trends and provide guidance on adjustments to existing markups to optimize the organization’s operational liquidity to sustain quality services and products. The study team analyzed or calculated selected financial and operational performance indicators from data in NDSO department reports, in annual financial statements (for the past five years), or extracted from NDSO’s information system, the RxSolution database.

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An analysis of policies for cotrimoxazole, amoxicillin and azithromycin use in Namibia’s public sector: Findings and therapeutic implications

Kibuule, D., Mubita, M., Naikaku, E., Kalemeera, F., Godman, B. B. and Sagwa, E. (2017), An analysis of policies for cotrimoxazole, amoxicillin and azithromycin use in Namibia’s public sector: Findings and therapeutic implications. Int J Clin Pract. doi:10.1111/ijcp.12918

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Using Electronic Pharmacy Dispensing Data for Surveillance of Outpatient Antibiotic Consumption and Monitoring of Antibiotic Prescribing Practices at District and Provincial Hospitals in the South African Public Sector

The primary aim of this study was to assess the feasibility of using electronic pharmacy dispensing data extracted from RxSolution® for the surveillance of outpatient (ambulatory) antibiotic consumption and monitor antibiotic prescribing practices at district and provincial hospitals in public health facilities in North West Province, South Africa, between April 2013 and March 2015. This was an exploratory project to develop hypotheses on the volume of antibiotics used and prescribing patterns.


Technical Highlight: Strengthening Regulatory Systems in Democratic Republic of the Congo to Improve Access to Safe, Effective, and Quality Medicines

Chronic underfunding of the health sector coupled with long-term civil unrest in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has contributed to insufficient regulatory capacity to effectively manage the registration and approval of new medicines in the country. In partnership with the USAID-funded SIAPS Program, the country’s Ministry of Health supported a number of broad interventions to strengthen DRC’s pharmaceutical regulatory system. SIAPS provides technical assistance to the three national control programs—malaria, HIV/AIDS, and tuberculosis—to improving access to quality medicines and other commodities and increase the potential for achieving desired health outcomes.


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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