Pharmaceutical industry: inauguration of the committee charged with preparing the national list of essential medicines

The sectorial committee of multidisciplinary experts in charge of preparing the national list of essential medicines was officially set up today, Sunday, by the Minister of Pharmaceutical Industry, Dr. Abderrahmane Djamel Lotfi Benbamed.

This committee is charged with monitoring, evaluating and expressing the technical and scientific opinion related to determining the national list of essential medicines, taking into account the data related to the national pharmaceutical industry and the pharmaceutical economic dimension, according to a communiqué of the ministry.

The committee is composed of representatives from the Ministry of Pharmaceutical Industry and the Ministries of National Defense, Health, Higher Education and Scientific Research, Labour, Employment and Social Security, in addition to representatives of the National Agency for Pharmaceutical Materials, the National Agency for Health Security, the Pasteur Institute of Algiers, the Central Pharmacy of Hospitals and the National Drug Vigilance Center, adds the same source.

It also includes representatives of social security bodies charged with managing sickness insurance and a representative of each national board of medical literature and health professionals, according to the ministry.

During his intervention, the Minister stressed the “pivotal” role played by this committee by defining the national list of essential medicines, which constitutes “a base that can be opposed and the national reference for the permanent availability of medicines and the strategic vigilance related to it.”

The committee will also contribute to improving the quality of treatments and rationalizing pharmaceutical expenditures, in addition to its contribution to the development of the national pharmaceutical industry, according to the communiqué.

The official inauguration ceremony of this committee took place in the presence of representatives of the World Health Organization in Algeria and executives from the Ministry of Pharmaceutical Industry, according to the ministry.

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