Essential medicines and health products

Selected Medicine Information Systems

Computerized systems and electronic tools

Counterfeit medicines -   Medicines price information - List servers and electronic discussion groups - Essential Medicines Library - INN -  INRUD - WHO Model Formulary - Model web site for Drug Regulatory Authorities

  • The ATC/DDD system is developed and maintained by the WHO Collaborating Centre for Drug Statistics Methodology, the collaborating center is situated in Oslo at the Norwegian Institute of Public Health.
Counterfeit and substandard medicines reporting
Drug Dictionary (WHO) The WHO Drug Dictionary is developed and maintained by the WHO Collaborating Centre in Uppsala (Sweden). The  Uppsala Centre for International Drug Monitoring(the UMC) can be contacted  at the following address: Further information on all related products can be found on the website:
Drug price info: medicine price tools and on-line databases
Electronic discussion groups and list servers
Essential Medicines Library (EMLib) The purpose of the Essential Medicines Library is to provide a reference library for the Model list of Essential Medicines and the WHO Model formulary.  The database provides an on-line query feature for the current WHO Model List of  Essential Medicines; it is being restructured to allow for managing information by patient groups, in particular for generating a model treatment formulary for children.
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Estimating  medicine requirements Several initiatives and tools exist for quantification of medicines: Management Sciences for Health has developed a tool for Pharmaceutical Quantification and cost estimation tool: "QuantiMed". Also, WHO has commissioned a computerized tool for Estimating drug requirements for HIV/AIDS patients: "FocaMed" which is currently being field tested.
INN - search and application tools MedNet INN offers various services ranging from International Nonproprietary Name (INN) queries to electronic submission and status tracking of INN applications (eINN) by pharmaceutical manufacturers and/or national authorities.  For information and  technical advice on INN please see INN on our Medicines web site  or contact the INN Programme.
INRUD - International Network for Rational Use of Drugs The International Network for Rational Use of Drugs (INRUD) was established in 1989 to design, test, and disseminate effective strategies to improve the way drugs are prescribed, dispensed, and used, with a particular emphasis on resource poor countries. The network now comprises 20 groups, 15 from Africa, Asia and Latin America, and other groups from the World Health Organization/ Department of Essential Drugs and Medicines Policy, the Harvard Medical School Department of Ambulatory Care, the Karolinska Institute in Sweden, the University of Newcastle in Australia, and a secretariat based in Management Sciences for Health in the United States.   Follow this link for the INRUD bibliography
WMF - WHO Model formulary The purpose of this site is to provide free internet access the WHO Model Formulary. Contact:
Medicine supply systems Various systems are in use by pharmaceutical companies as well as international aid organizations and NGOs. A non-exhaustive list of systems used by some of our partner organizations is available.
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MDRA - Examples of Drug Regulatory Authority web sites developed with WHO support The purpose of the Model web sites for Drug Regulatory Agencies (MDRA) project  is to assist medicines regulatory authorities in the establishment of web sites. Web presence of regulatory agencies has becoming a necessity for many countries, particularly with respect to the presence and activities of many internet based drugstores, pharmacies and other related web sites which are not subject to any quality control and in many cases disseminate doubtful if not harmful medical information. Examples of collaboration wit national regulatory authorities:


The MDRA project provides criteria and guidance for establishing new or strengthening existing regulatory web sites; The MDRA project is a component of  a broader technical collaboration between WHO and WHO member states. The collaboration aims at supporting efficient drug registration and encompassing legislation, regulations, human resources, and appropriate facilities. See also: Support tools for Medicines regulation

SIAMED - Model software for drug regulatory agencies

The WHO SIAMED project provides a computerized tool to small regulatory authorities; this is to facilitate the process of managing marketing authorizations of medicines. The system can be adapted to the needs and level of complexity  of medicines regulatory agencies and assistance to make effective use of it. The provision and implementation of SIAMED is a component of  a broader technical collaboration between WHO and WHO member states which aims at: supporting efficient drug registration and encompassing legislation, regulations, human resources, and appropriate facilities.
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Management of laboratory data

A software package developed in several languages for the management of microbiology laboratory data and analysis of antimicrobial susceptibility test results.   Download:    See also Drug resistance: surveillance

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