Rational Use of Drugs: Pharmaceutical Aspects of the Drug Selection

Natalya B. Rostova, PhD, ScD*, Tatiana F. Odegova, PhD, ScD

Perm State Pharmaceutical Academy, Perm, Russian Federation

*Corresponding author: Assoc. Prof. Natalya B. Rostova, PhD, ScD, Department of Management and Economy of Pharmacy, Perm State Pharmaceutical Academy, 2, Polevaya str., 614990, Perm, Russian Federation. E-mail:n-rostova@mail.ru


In this article, the problems encountered in the rational use of drugs are discussed, one of the areas of optimization of drug supply being the rational choice of drugs, particularly, a regulatory activity regarding the approach to the selection of standardized drug lists (drug formulary) for public drug supply, according to government guarantees and programs. The clinical aspects of the drug selection are expounded in detail. The characteristics of the drugs (original or generic drug (generics), the origin of drugs and the breadth of therapeutic index), have been taken into account. Certain stages have been analyzed, particularly drug use in individual diseases, drug selection, expert drug evaluation, and expert recommendations to include specific drugs in the drug list. Organizational steps have been proposed to implement the rational choice of drugs to be included in the drug formulary.

rational use of drugs; drug selection; drug formulary; clinical aspects of drug selection.
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