Essential medicines and health products

WHO Drug Information

Volume 21, Number 1, 2007

Quality Assurance and Safety of Medicines

WHO Drug Information

Publication details

Number of pages: 52
Languages: English

The first issue of WHO Drug Information for 2007 opens with an overview of recent developments in establishing quality guidelines within the International Conference on Harmonization (ICH) framework. A lead article on access to pain medication focuses on the difficulties of ensuring the availability of medicines on the controlled substances lists, and is followed by a description of the valuable work and progress being made in Uganda to alleviate the suffering of HIV and cancer patients through administration of oral morphine. Sharing the spotlight in this issue is an authored study on the use of a new method - concordance - to improve patient adherence to medicines.

Topics of Current Interest describe latest developments in biological quality and safety, with a list of new standards endorsed by the WHO Expert Committee. WHO has also launched a new programme on good governance aimed to improve transparency within regulatory authorities.

Extensive information is provided in the section on Safety and Efficacy Issues concerning the latest signals, reports of adverse drug reactions, and labeling changes.

The issue is completed with the latest ATC/DDD Classification lists, draft proposals for oseltamivir and lumefantrine and dissolution tests within International Pharmacopoeia activities. Summaries are included of Recent Publications, Information and Events considered of interest to readers. This issue concludes with Recommended INN List 57.