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close this bookThe use of essential drugs: Eight report of the WHO Expert Committee (WHO, 1998, 84 p.)
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View the documentWHO Expert Committee on the Use of Essential Drugs - Geneva, 1-5 December 1997
View the document1. Introduction
View the document2. Guidelines for establishing a national programme for essential drugs
View the document3. Criteria for the selection of essential drugs
View the document4. Guidelines for the selection of pharmaceutical dosage forms
Open this folder and view contents5. Quality assurance
Open this folder and view contents6. Reserve anti-infective agents and monitoring of resistance
View the document7. Applications of the essential drugs concept
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View the document9. Drug donations
View the document10. Post-registration drug studies
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View the document12. Nomenclature
View the document13. Drug information and educational activities
View the document14. Selection and updating of lists of essential drugs
View the document15. Model List of Essential Drugs (tenth list)
View the document16. Considerations and changes made in revising the model list
View the document17. Glossary of terms used in the report
View the documentAcknowledgement
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View the documentAnnex 1. Application form for inclusion in the Model List of Essential Drugs1
View the documentSelected WHO publications of related interest
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WHO Expert Committee on the Use of Essential Drugs - Geneva, 1-5 December 1997


Professor P.M. de Buschiazzo, Department of Pharmacology, School of Medicine, University of La Plata, La Plata, Argentina (Vice-Chairman)

Professor H. Fraser, Professor of Medicine and Clinical Pharmacology, Faculty of Medical Sciences, Queen Elizabeth Hospital, University of the West Indies, Bridgetown, Barbados (Rapporteur)

Dr A. Haeri, Dean, School of Medicine, Shaheed Beheshti University of Medical Sciences, Eveen, Teheran, Islamic Republic of Iran

Professor M. Hassar, Director, Department of Pharmacology, Faculty of Medicine and Pharmacy, University of Rabat, Rabat, Morocco

Professor F. Juma, Department of Clinical Pharmacology and Medicine, College of Health Science, University of Nairobi, Nairobi, Kenya

Dr G.P. Kilonzo, Senior Lecturer, Department of Psychiatry, Muhimbili Medical Centre, Dar-es-Salaam, United Republic of Tanzania

Professor L. Rago, Director-General, State Agency of Medicines, Tartu, Estonia (Chairman)

Representatives of other organizations*

*Unable to attend: Commonwealth Pharmaceutical Association (CPA); International Society of Infectious Disease (ISID); United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO).

International Federation of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers Associations (IFPMA)
Miss M. Cone, IFPMA, Geneva, Switzerland

International League of Dermatological Societies (ILDS)
Professor J.-H. Saurat, Dermatology Clinic, Cantonal Hospital, University of Geneva, Geneva, Switzerland

International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP)
Professor F.W.H.M. Merkus, Center for Bio-Pharmaceutical Sciences, Gorlaeus Laboratories, Leiden, Netherlands

International Society of Chemotherapy (ISC)
Professor J.D. Williams, Department of Medical Microbiology, The London Hospital Medical College, London, England

International Union of Pharmacology (IUPHAR)
Professor J.-P. Giroud, Department of Pharmacology, Faculty of Medicine, René-Descartes University, Academy of Paris, Paris, France

United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF)
Ms H.B. Pedersen, Senior Technical Officer, Technical Services Centre, Supply Division, UNICEF Plads, Copenhagen, Denmark

World Self-Medication Industry (WSMI)
Dr J.A. Reinstein, Director-General, WSMI, London, England


Dr M.R. Couper, Medical Officer, Division of Drug Management and Policies, WHO, Geneva, Switzerland (Secretary)

Dr J. Idänpään-Heikkilä, Director, Division of Drug Management and Policies, WHO, Geneva, Switzerland

Professor W. Gardjito, Department of Surgery, Dr Soetomo Hospital, Surabaya, Indonesia (Temporary Adviser)

Dr T. Tsukada, Professor, Health Centre (Hoken Centre), Chuo University, Tokyo, Japan (Temporary Adviser)