The WHO World Medicines Situation Report

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The World Health Organization (WHO) published this week some chapters of the World Medicines Situation Report 2011. According to the WHO:

The third edition of the World Medicines Situation Report brings together new data on 24 key topics relating to pharmaceutical production and consumption, innovation, regulation and safety – in one place.

Topics include selection, procurement, supply management, rational use, financing and pricing. Cross-cutting chapters cover household medicines use, access and human rights, good governance, human resources and national medicines policies.

Each chapter of this report is written by a different author. Chapters are being published electronically, in batches, between April and December 2011. The new report updates the 1988 and 2004 reports.

Only select chapters have been published, but more are expected in June and the entire report will be available in December. If medicines relating to maternal health are of interest to you, be sure to check out our communities of practice on Maternal Health Supples and Uterotonics.