What is it about?

This short write-up is explaining the essential medicines concept (essential drug list) to improve healthcare delivery in hospitals. The article is focusing on the applications of essential drug lists and formulary management clinical level. International and national perspectives were also broadly mentioned.

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Why is it important?

Essential Medicines (Essential Drug List) is an underutilized concept. It is important to know how clinical practice could be improved by quality use of medicines. Essential medicines concept and formulary management are key strategies assure quality of healthcare delivery in healthcare facilities.


This is a very useful article for clinicians and hospital management to plan essential medicines list/formulary system better to improve their healthcare delivery. This concept is applicable to all types of healthcare facilities, either charity or corporate for their quality assurance. Enjoy reading!

Dr Dixon Thomas
Gulf Medical University

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This page is a summary of: Essential medicines concept for quality assurance of health care facilities, Journal of Pharmacy And Bioallied Sciences, January 2012, Medknow, DOI: 10.4103/0975-7406.94826.
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