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close this bookNational Drug Policy - Nigeria (FMOH, WHO; 2005; 32 pages)
View the documentFOREWORD
View the documentACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
View the documentACRONYMS
View the document1.0 INTRODUCTION
View the document2.0 DEFINITION
View the document3.0 GOALS OF THE NATIONAL DRUG POLICY
View the document4.0 OBJECTIVES OF THE NATIONAL DRUG POICY
View the document5.0. TARGETS OF THE NATIONAL DRUG POLICY
close this folder6.0 STRATEGIES FOR IMPLEMENTING THE NATIONAL DRUG POLICY
View the document6.1 SELECTION OF DRUGS
View the document6.2 PROCUREMENT OF DRUGS
View the document6.3 DRUG REVOLVING FUND SCHEME
View the document6.4 PRICING POLICY
View the document6.5 DRUG STORAGE
View the document6.6 DRUG DISTRIBUTION
Open this folder and view contents6.7 RATIONAL DRUG USE
View the document6.8 DONATED DRUGS
View the document6.9 LOCAL DRUG PRODUCTION
View the document6.10 LEGISLATION
View the document6.11 INSPECTION OF DRUGS
View the document6.12 IMPORTATION AND EXPORTATION OF DRUGS
View the document6.13 REGISTRATION OF DRUGS
View the document6.14 PATENTS
View the document6.15 QUALITY ASSURANCE
close this folder6.16 REGULATIONS FOR PRESCRIBING AND DISPENSING DRUGS
View the document6.16.1 Prescribing
View the document6.16.2 Dispensing
View the document6.17 PHARMACOVIGILANCE
View the document6.18 DRUG INFORMATION AND PROMOTION
View the document6.19 DRUG FINANCING AND AFFORDABILITY
Open this folder and view contents6.20 RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT
View the document6.21 HERBAL AND OTHER TRADITIONAL REMEDIES
View the document6.22 HUMAN RESOURCES DEVELOPMENT
View the document6.23 CONTROL OF VETERINARY DRUGS
View the document6.24 INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION
View the document6.25 MONITORING AND EVALUATION
 

6.16 REGULATIONS FOR PRESCRIBING AND DISPENSING DRUGS

A prerequisite for effective drug control is that prescribing, dispensing and the sale of drugs be undertaken by duly authorized persons. Regulations for prescribing, dispensing and sale of drugs shall take into consideration the policy goal of rational drug use and the supply of safe and efficacious essential drugs at affordable cost. In view of the fact that drugs will be prescribed and dispensed at all levels of health care, including the most peripheral health stations manned by village health workers, regulations for prescribing and dispensing of drugs shall be sufficiently flexible to cover the activities of such health workers.

In view of the fact that research in many countries has shown that dispensing doctors or prescribing pharmacists use more drugs than others, it has become necessary to separate prescribing and dispensing functions, therefore, the laws and regulations regarding those who are allowed to prescribe, supply, sell and dispense drugs to the public at the different levels of the health care system shall be periodically updated, with the following minimum provisions:

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