Essential medicines and health products

Medicines Transparency Alliance (MeTA) Initiative

Pilot phase achievements

  • The National Medicines Regulatory Authorities of Kyrgyzstan, Uganda and Zambia have created web-sites on which they make available key information such as lists of registered medicines and lists of authorized wholesalers.
  • Peru developed a database of medicines prices in public and private pharmacies. The system allows consumers to compare prices and choose where to purchase. This increased competition is meant to reduce prices of medicines.
  • Jordan conducted studies on access to medicines in health facilities and households. The studies indicated issues with rational use of medicines and therefore MeTA has supported the country to develop Standard Treatment Guidelines for key diseases.
  • In the Philippines MeTA contributed to the enactment of the "Cheaper Medicines Act" 2008 and to the establishment of an e-procurement system for medicines.