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Table 5 Structural and process indicators of drug information, continuing education on drug use, and rational use of drugs in Iran in 2002

From: Monitoring of National Drug Policy (NDP) and its standardized indicators; conformity to decisions of the national drug selecting committee in Iran

Is there a national publication (formulary/bulletin/manual, etc.), revised within the past five years, providing objective information on drug use? +
Is there a national therapeutic guide with standardized treatments? +
Is the concept of essential drugs part of the curricula in the basic training of health personnel? -
Is there an official continuing education system on rational use of drugs for prescribers and dispensers? +
Is there a drug information unit/centre? +
Does the drug information unit/centre (or another independent body) provide regular information on drugs to prescribers and dispensers? +
Are there therapeutic committees in the major hospitals? -
Are there public education campaigns on drug use? +
Is drug education included in the primary/secondary school curricula? +
Number of prescribers having direct access to a (national) drug formulary, out of total number of prescribers surveyed. 7.6% (7034/92548)
Number of training sessions on drug use for prescribers in the last year, out of average number of training sessions organized in the past three years. 13% (120/924)
Number of prescribers who have attended at least one training session in the last year, out of total number of prescribers surveyed. 50% (15203/32524)
Number of issues of independent drug bulletins published in the last year, out of average number of issues of independent drug bulletins published per year in the past three years. 0% (0/13)
Average number of copies of independent drug bulletins sent to prescribers, out of total number of prescribers. 6.9% (6386/92548)
Amount spent on public education campaigns on drug use, out of total amount spent on public health education campaigns. 0% (0/300000 $US)
Average retail price of standard treatment of pneumonia, out of the average retail price of a basket of food. 21% (2.9/13.75 $US)
Average number of drugs per prescription. 3.6
Number of prescriptions with at least one injection, out of the total number of prescriptions surveyed. 47.4% (692530/1461033)
Number of children under five with diarrhea receiving antidiarrheal drugs, out of the total number of children under five with diarrhea surveyed. 19% (266/1400)