Report on Asia Pacific Conference on National Medicines Policies

29 August 2013

The proceedings of the Asia Pacific Conference on National Medicines Policies have been published as a special supplement by Australian Prescriber.

The conference was held in Sydney and was sponsored by NPS MedicineWise, the World Health Organization, The University of Newcastle and the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing.

Countries in the Asia Pacific region met to discuss their national medicines policies.

While many countries in the Asia Pacific region reported having a national medicines policy, progress on the implementation of these policies had been inconsistent. In addition, it was recognised that robust and effective national medicines policies are important for universal access to essential medicines and their rational use.

In keeping with the conference theme of promoting and supporting further implementation of national medicines policies, there is particular emphasis in the report on identifying the key barriers and key enablers to policy implementation, steps to address these, and how to monitor progress.

The report captures important outcomes of the conference including the continued commitment to further implementation of national medicines policies within the Asia Pacific region, and the enthusiasm for ongoing discussion between countries and the development of regional collaborations, groups and networks to support this important policy work.

The conference report is published as a supplement to Australian Prescriber and available in plain text and as a PDF.


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