A two day meeting on priority essential medicines for children, hosted by UNICEF Supply Division in collaboration with the World Health Organization (WHO), brought together experts in paediatric medicines from academia, the pharmaceutical industry (both innovator and generic), regulators, programme managers and implementers. The purpose of the meeting was to reach a consensus on what are priority essential medicines for children, and to identify the steps required to ensure that these medicines are available and affordable.
Product specifications were described for each priority medicine, as both ‘base case’ and ‘best case’ scenarios, to enable the development of the optimal dosage forms of these medicines for children. Specifications should include information about optimal packaging and pack size, taking account of the conditions in countries with high child mortality where supply systems are fragile, storage conditions are often not ideal, and human resources for health are limited.
Health workers and caregivers require products that are easy to use, and children require medicines that address their special needs. Topics where more work and/or evidence are required before product specifications can be developed were also identified. The outcome of the meeting will be used as the basis for deliberations with the pharmaceutical industry, drug regulators, policy makers and implementers to make these priority essential medicines available and affordable.
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Qazi Shamin Ahmed, WHO - Child and Adolescent Health
Suzanne Hill, WHO - Essential Medicines and Policy (EMP)
Kelita Kamoto, MOH Malawi - Product Characteristics, Perspectives from Community Health Workers in Malawi
Carine Werder, MSF - Paediatric Medicines MSF field experiences
Tonny Nunn, MCRN/NIHR - Dosage form issues and gaps
Alexis Heaton, JSI - The Supply Chain Perspective
Marcel de Matas, Bradford University - Formulating Drug Products for Children
Christine Strunz Lehner, Sandoz - Developing paediatric medication
David Rupin, Clinton foundation - Challenges and Barriers to Access
Francisco Blanco, UNICEF - Sources and Prices of selected medicines for children
Penny Grewal Daumeri, MMV - Increasing the supply base of paediatric antimalarials
Susan D. Foster, Tufts University - Antibiotic resistance issues in Uganda
Henrik Nielsen, UNICEF - Customization - Procurement process of tracer medicines
Nathalie Seigneuret, EMA - Regulatory incentives Experience from EMA
Lembit Rägo, WHO - Prequalification of Medicines Programme
Suzanne Hill, WHO - WHO-UNICEF, What do we need? The WHO/UNICEF wish list
Ahmet Afsar, UNICEF - Community case management experience
Angus Spiers, PSI -Angus Spiers - PSI - Social Marketing Approaches to Child Survival
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2011 List of priority medicines for maternal and child health, published by WHO: Read more.