WHO Collaborating Centre for Drug Information


Background & Activities

WHO Region: Western Pacific
Country/Area: Malaysia
Major Programme: ESSENTIAL DRUGS
Programme Area: ACTION PROGRAMME ON ESSENTIAL DRUGS


Title of Centre: WHO COLLABORATING CENTRE FOR DRUG INFORMATION
Date of Redesignation : 06 Apr 1998
Expiration : 05 Apr 2002


Name and Address: NATIONAL POISON CENTRE
UNIVERSITI SAINS MALAYSIA, 11800 PENANG, MALAYSIA
Telephone No: (604) 6570099; (604) 6577888 EXT. 2265
Fax No: (604) 6568417
Email Address: prnnet@prn.usm.my
Head of Centre: PROFESSOR DZULKIFLI ABDUL RAZAK dzul@usm.my


Drug information exchange is one of the important elements in ensuring quality drug supply and management system. It has been one of the focussed activities of WHO, including the Western Pacific Regional Office. However the Western Pacific Region is yet to designate an institution as WHO Collaborating Centre on Drug Information in the region.

The need for such a Centre was increasing selt from time to time especially with the ASEAN TCDC framework. In 1994, the WHO Bi-Regional Meeting on Essential Drugs supported a resolution for the needs on WHO Collaborating Centre of Drug Information and a Centre in Malaysia (Penang) was identified:

"The drug Information Centre developed by Malaysia should be proposed as WHO collaborating centre and should provide training in drug information to nationals from the countries of the Regions".

- WHO Bi-Regional Meeting, Dec., 1994.

Later, in a Regional Consultation on the Sharing of Drug Information 14 - 16 April 1997, in Penang, organised by Consumer International, Regional Office for Asia-Pacific (CIROAP) in collaboration with WHO/WPRO reiterated the need for such a Centre. It is contained in a resolution, thus,

"The participants recommended that the proposed Network of Drug Regulatory Offices should be linked through e-mail. They requested the CI ROAP, WHO and the National Poison Centre(Malaysia) to assist the proposed network identify a suitable centre to link the different countries. A WHO Collaborating Centre or a National Centre could serve as a suitable site".

- HAI News, Aug. 1997, p. 12.

In fact, during the Meeting Of Ministers of Health for the South Pacific Island Countries, Rarotongga, Cook Island, 4-7 August 1997, drug information exchange was again identified as an important collaborative activity not only for the South Pacific Countries and areas but also the Western Pacific Region if not globally. This is much as part of the recommendations of the Meeting on Drug Information Exchange.

"The group urges WHO to give priority to the designation of a WHO Collaborating Centre on Drug Information to provide coordinating services to the network.".

- Workshop on Drug Supply Management and Drug Quality
Assurance for Pacific Island Countries, NADI, Fiji
10-13 November 1997

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Term of References

The term of references for the proposal Centre are as follows:

  1. To establish, develop and facilitate a system of electronic drug exchange information exchange among Member States of WPR in particular, and WHO in general.
  2. To develop, update and implement training modules on Drug Information in Developing Countries with emphasis on the needs of the Western Pacific Region.
  3. To arrange and conduct fellowship training in drug as well as poison information in support of the concept of retional drug use.
  4. To collaborate with WESTERN PACIFIC REGIONAL OFFICE in developing computer applications relating to drug information and pharmacoinformatics.
  5. To collaborate with WESTERN PACIFIC REGIONAL OFFICE in initiating a systematic data and information collection on activities related to the drug utilization, management and policies for identification of priorities and forecasting of needs.
  6. To support countries and areas in the region to conceptualize, plan and set up drug information services tailored to their individual needs.
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Country Profile on Drug Information

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Discussion Group on Drugs

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Index to Drug Information Resources

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Link to WHO Web Site

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Last updated: December 18, 2002