Sources on the field of access to medicines – with a bias towards developing countries. (Most collected 2009-2012)
Organisations working on access to medicines research & advocacy
- HAI, Health Action International.
- MSF Access to Medicines campaign.
- WHO on essential medicines, the World Medicine Situation Report 2011, and the Global Health Observatory with data and analyses on global health priorities, and the Department of Essential Medicines and Pharmaceutical Policies’ online library (e.g. can search by topic or country).
Books, reports and tools on access to medicines (all available online)
- Access to medicine index, a ranking of world´s largest pharmaceutical companies on their efforts to increase access to medicine for societies in need.
- Untangling the web of ARV price reductions, updated yearly by Doctors without Borders
- The Race Against Drug Resistance, 2010 report by CGD.
- The global politics of pharmaceutical monopoly power (Ellen ‘t Hoen, 2009).
- A practical approach to pharmaceutical policy (World Bank, 2010). No PDF but can be read online.
- The Matrix of Medicine Quality Reports Affecting USAID-Assisted Countries (2006, 2008), compiled by the US Pharmacopeia Promoting Quality of Medicines Program, is not updated anymore, but has been replaced by a compilation of Media Reports on Medicine Quality (2010) which only compile media articles (leaving out academic/research).
- E-DRUG aims to support the concept of essential drugs by improving and speeding up communications between all health professionals working in the field of essential drugs. E-DRUG is a forum used by health care professionals, researchers and policy makers to obtain and discuss current information on essential drugs, policy, program activities, education and training. Participation is free, you can join here (see main website for French-speaking, Spanish-speaking and India-focused versions).
- The International Association of Public Health Logisticians (IAPHL) is a USAID-funded forum for public health logisticians. Membership is free, your position and a brief description of why you would like to join the forum are required for registration.
Supply chain & logistics for (medical) aid
- Managing Drug Supply is ‘the leading reference on how to manage essential medicines in developing countries’. Entirely updated in 2011, all chapters can be downloaded for free.
- WHO’s A Model Quality Assurance System for Procurement Agencies – Recommendations for Quality Assurance Systems Focusing on Prequalification of Products and Manufacturers, Purchasing, Storage and Distribution of Pharmaceutical Products, title says it all.
- Logistics Cluster is the inter-agency (UN and non-UN) cluster for logistics preparedness and response, focused on humanitarian emergencies and featuring a lot of useful information on areas where they are active. Also see their Logistics Operational Guide for guidance, and their Digital Logistics Capacity Assessments (an inter-agency emergency preparedness tool which provides a fundamental understanding of a country/region’s infrastructure and capacities).
- USAID-funded Logistics Handbook for health commodities
- PSM toolbox is an extensive compilation of general and specific resources on procurement and supply chain management.
- LAPTOP (Learning and Professional Training Opportunities) ‘offers a comprehensive and easily searchable database that will help you find the logistics course you’re looking for’. This includes a few free online courses – search using ‘list of courses by cost’.
- PIH Model online, Partners in Health’s website to share lessons learned, includes a specific section on procurement.
- A humourless lot, blog on logistics for global health and aid by a field logistician (unfortunately no longer updated). Accompanied by ‘Logistics for global health and aid’ library (still updated).
- The humanitarian supply chain category of this blog gives some links to more academic references, including the recent Journal of Humanitarian Logistics and Supply Chain Management.
Medicines for non-pharmacists
- Coursera course: Fundamentals of Pharmacology
Some other key topics not covered here: human resources, quality assurance, intellectual property, local manufacturing.
For sources related to pharmaceutical social franchising, the economics of retail pharmacies, market-based approaches to health: see ‘Pharmaceutical social franchises’ page.