Table 1

WHO standardized NDP indicators

Background information


Population data

Economic data

Health status data

Health system data

Human resources

Drug sector organization

Structural and process indicators (quantitative and qualitative)


Legislation and regulation

Essential drugs selection and drug registration

Drug allocation in the health budget/public sector financing policy

Public sector procurement procedures

Public sector distribution and logistics

Pricing policy

Information and continuing education on drug use

Outcome indicators


Availability of essential drugs

Accessibility of essential drugs

Quality of drugs

Rational use of drugs


Reference: Brudon–Jakobowicz P, Rainhorn JD, Reich MR: Indicators for monitoring national drug policies, a practical manual 2nd ed. Geneva: World Health Organization; 1999.

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