Launch of the Standard Treatment Guidelines and Essential Medicines List 7th Edition
Wednesday, 4th October, 2017
Standard Treatment Guidelines (STG) are systematically developed statements that assist prescribers in deciding on appropriate treatments for specific clinical problems. They usually reflect the consensus on the optimal treatment options within a health system and aim at beneficially influencing prescribing behaviour at all levels of care.
Over the years Ghana has implemented an essential medicines policy using the STG and Essential Medicines List (EML) as policy tools to guide prescribing, dispensing, procurements, and reimbursements across all levels of the health sector. Medicines are essential to the delivery of healthcare in any population. The responsible use of essential medicines is as crucial as the supply of adequate quantities of essential medicines of acceptable quality within our health system. The promotion of the responsible use of medicines in optimal treatments is a collective effort from all stakeholders including health professionals.
The Acting Head of the Laboratory Services at the Food and Drugs Board (FDB), Mr. Eric Karikari Boateng, has taken a swipe at some newspaper publications that the FDB has “banned” some 22 drugs.
According to him the drugs have not been banned as being speculated, but instead manufacturers have been asked to recall the products.
“The products have not been banned, they have been recalled, the press release was clear. It is a product recall not a ban, that is, the marketing authorization of the product has not been redrawn,” he stressed.
The 6th Edition of the Ghana Standard Treatment Guidelines (STG) and Essential Medicines List (EML) of Ghana was launched at a colourful and impressive ceremony at the College of Physicians and Surgeons Conference Centre in Accra.
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