[Ip-health] News: Vietnam Plus- Workshop seeks to increase access to essential medicines

Terri - Louise Beswick Terri at haiweb.org
Fri Jun 25 06:49:45 PDT 2010

Workshop seeks to increase access to essential medicines

23/06/2010 | 22:40:57


The pharmaceutical sector should encourage the research and development
of essential medicines that have not been produced in Vietnam, said
Health Minister Nguyen Quoc Trieu.


The Health Minister so said at a conference in Hanoi on June 23 on
raising the country's capability of accessing essential medicines.


He said that it was necessary to set up a list of essential medicines
that the country can produce, focusing on antibiotics and excipients to
ensure a sufficient supply of medicines for treatment and take effective
measures to stablise medicine prices.


In the coming time, the pharmaceutical sector needs to build a strategy
to attract investment in the industry, Trieu said. He added that the
country also needs to continue complete policies on human resources
development in the sector, promote the protection of intellectual
property, increase the access to essential medicines at reasonable
prices and boost dissemination on essential medicines.


According to Head of the Department for Pharmaceutical Management Truong
Quoc Cuong, since 1995, Vietnam has introduced a list of essential
medicines, which has been adjusted periodically to suit the country's
disease situation.


So far, the list includes 355 kinds of drugs with 314 active elements
and 94 essentials using in traditional medicines.


At present, the country has nearly 42,000 retail drug stores nationwide.
However, 592 communal medical stations still have not got drug stores.


Ninety percent of materials for pharmaceutical production and many
medicines for special treatment have been imported.


During the conference, experts from the US, the UK and the World Health
Organisation (WHO) shared their experiences in using original medicines,
the transferring of the rights to drug production and regulations of



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