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Medicines in health systems: advancing access, availability and appropriate use

The fourth Flagship Report of the Alliance “Medicines in Health systems: advancing access, availability and appropriate use” was developed in 2013/2014. The innovation of the report is to examine medicines access, affordability and use from a health systems perspective, creating a deeper understanding of how interventions in the medicines sector influence the rest of the system and vice versa.

The objective of this thematic issue in Journal of Pharmaceutical Policy and Practice is to publish the series of peer-reviewed papers which formed the background material of the existing report. This theme issue will give visibility to the rich material that was used to elaborate the Flagship Report. It will also highlight the diverse country experiences that have contributed to a better understanding of the complex environment of medicines in health systems of LMICs.

Collection published: 25 September 2015

  1. Research

    Comparison of medicines management strategies in insurance schemes in middle-income countries: four case studies

    Many middle-income countries are scaling up health insurance schemes to provide financial protection and access to affordable medicines to poor and uninsured populations. Although there is a wealth of evidence...

    Warren A. Kaplan, Paul G. Ashigbie, Mohamad I. Brooks and Veronika J. Wirtz

    Journal of Pharmaceutical Policy and Practice 2017 10:17

    Published on: 16 May 2017

  2. Research

    Novel models to improve access to medicines for chronic diseases in South Africa: an analysis of stakeholder perspectives on community-based distribution models

    The rising demand for chronic disease treatment and the barriers to accessing these medicines have led to the development of novel models for distributing medicines in South Africa’s public sector, including d...

    Bvudzai Priscilla Magadzire, Bruno Marchal and Kim Ward

    Journal of Pharmaceutical Policy and Practice 2016 9:28

    Published on: 1 October 2016

  3. Commentary

    The fate of the new pharmacy bill: going backwards or forwards?

    The proposed Pharmacy Bill of Malaysia which served to consolidate and harmonise the existing pharmacy legislation which has been used for more than 60 years. This new Pharmacy Bill contains 17 parts and a tot...

    Kah Seng Lee, Yen Wei Lim and Long Chiau Ming

    Journal of Pharmaceutical Policy and Practice 2016 9:25

    Published on: 22 September 2016

  4. Editorial

    Using health markets to improve access to medicines: three case studies

    This editorial introduces a series of case studies that together highlight the use of health market interventions to improve access to medicines in low-and-middle income countries (LMICs). It underscores the a...

    Zubin Shroff, Maryam Bigdeli, Zaheer-Ud-Din Babar, Anita Wagner, Abdul Ghaffar and David H Peters

    Journal of Pharmaceutical Policy and Practice 2016 9:19

    Published on: 6 May 2016

  5. Research

    Challenges of medicines management in the public and private sector under Ghana’s National Health Insurance Scheme – A qualitative study

    Ghana established its National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) in 2003 with the goal of ensuring more equitable financing of health care to improve access to health services. This qualitative study examines the...

    Paul G. Ashigbie, Devine Azameti and Veronika J. Wirtz

    Journal of Pharmaceutical Policy and Practice 2016 9:6

    Published on: 24 February 2016

  6. Research

    Patient-centred innovation to ensure access to diabetes care in Cambodia: the case of MoPoTsyo

    The increasing prevalence of chronic diseases puts a high burden on the health care systems of Low and Middle Income Countries which are often not adapted to provide the care needed. Peer support programmes ar...

    Josefien van Olmen, Natalie Eggermont, Maurits van Pelt, Heang Hen, Jeroen de Man, François Schellevis, David H. Peters and Maryam Bigdeli

    Journal of Pharmaceutical Policy and Practice 2016 9:1

    Published on: 21 January 2016

  7. Policy analysis

    Accrediting retail drug shops to strengthen Tanzania’s public health system: an ADDO case study

    Retail drug sellers are a major source of health care and medicines in many countries. In Tanzania, drug shops are widely used, particularly in rural and underserved areas. Previously, the shops were allowed t...

    Edmund Rutta, Jafary Liana, Martha Embrey, Keith Johnson, Suleiman Kimatta, Richard Valimba, Rachel Lieber, Elizabeth Shekalaghe and Hiiti Sillo

    Journal of Pharmaceutical Policy and Practice 2015 8:23

    Published on: 25 September 2015

    The Erratum to this article has been published in Journal of Pharmaceutical Policy and Practice 2015 8:29