alexa Evaluation of Drug Affordability in Khartoum State, Sud
ISSN: 2329-6887

Journal of Pharmacovigilance
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Research Article

Evaluation of Drug Affordability in Khartoum State, Sudan

Salah Mohamed Elhassan1,2, Gamal Osman Elhassan1,3,4*, Abubakr A Alfadl3, Sara Anas Sirelkhatim4 and Khalid Omer Alfarouk5
1Sudan National Medical Specialization Board, Khartoum, Sudan
2National Medicines and Poisons Board, Ministry of Health, Khartoum, Sudan
3Unaizah Pharmacy College (UCP), Qassim University, Alqassim, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
4Department of Pharmacy, Omdruman Islamic University, Omdruman, Khartoum, Sudan
5Department of Pharmacy, Alneilain University, Khartoum, Sudan
Corresponding Author : Gamal Osman Elhassan
Unaizah College of Pharmacy, Qassim University
Unaizah-Alqassim, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Tel: 00966530965955
E-mail: [email protected], [email protected]
Received: January 09, 2016; Accepted: January 19, 2016; Published: January 24, 2016
Citation: Elhassan SM, Elhassan GO, Alfadl AA, Sirelkhatim SA, Alfarouk KO (2016) Evaluation of Drug Affordability in Khartoum State, Sudan. J Pharmacovigilance 4:191. doi:10.4172/2329-6887.1000191
Copyright: © 2016 Elhassan SM et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
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Abstract

Introduction: Medicine prices are often high and unaffordable not only for the majority of people in low- and middleincome countries, but also for significant number of the population without social protection or insurance in high income countries. As a result, the lack of access to essential medicines due to unaffordability in developing countries is one of the most pressing global health problems.

Objective: To provide comparable, evidence-based information for policy makers. Method: A cross sectional descriptive survey study was applied.

Results and discussion: It seems that despite of the affordability was shown for many studied conditions, but still affordability of medicines remains a major problem for Sudan.

Conclusion: It could be concluded that absence of standard treatment guidelines that are of sound scientific bases and cost-effectiveness resulting in low quality prescribing and dispensing practices which had led to wide variations in the prescribing patterns for the assessed acute and chronic conditions.

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