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Webinar: How can drug shops best be engaged to strengthen health care systems?

The Alliance for Health Policy and Systems Research (part of the World Health Organization) held a webinar on 16 November 2021 to highlight their recently published supplement in Journal of Pharmaceutical Policy and Practice

Private medicine retailers are often the first port of call when people need essential medicines and basic health care, especially in rural areas. However, these drug shops and retailers often operate outside the formal medical system in low- and middle-income countries, raising concerns about the quality of the products and services on offer. This poses a challenge for formal health care systems: should there be regulations and restrictions on these informal providers, or can they be engaged to improve the reach of health services? And if so, how?

A new supplement of the Journal of Pharmaceutical Policy and Practice showcases findings from seven research studies on drug shops across Bangladesh, Indonesia, Myanmar, Nigeria, the United Republic of Tanzania and Zambia. The studies were part of a multi-country implementation research programme developed by the Alliance for Health Policy and Systems Research and the Implementing Best Practices (IBP) Network – both at WHO – with support from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

This webinar presented detailed findings from Indonesia and Nigeria and featured a panel discussion to synthesize findings across the countries studied.

View a recording of the webinar

Call for Papers: Thematic series on COVID-19

The Journal of Pharmaceutical Policy and Practice would like to announce a Call for Papers for a special series on COVID-19. 

The journal seeks works related to prevention, newer treatments, medicines safety, medicines quality and shortages, pharmaceutical policy and practice, pharmacists and pharmacy services, information and dissemination, as well as technology aspects of COVID-19. 

Read the articles published in this series here.

Collections and Thematic Series


Pharmacists and the COVID-19 Pandemic


Health Policy and the Management of Antimicrobial Resistance in LMICs

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  1. Authors: Ali Elbeddini, Thulasika Prabaharan, Sarah Almasalkhi and Cindy Tran

Aims and scope

Journal of Pharmaceutical Policy and Practice (formerly known as Southern Med Review) provides a platform for researchers to disseminate empirical research findings with the aim that people everywhere have access to the medicines they need and be able to use them rationally.

The Journal encompasses all aspects of pharmacy including clinical, social, administration, and economics. It also covers pharmaceutical aspects of healthcare policy, providing a platform to researchers, academics and practitioners from around the world to share evidence, concerns and perspectives on pharmacy systems, management, ethics, and financial analysis.

Announcing the 2021 Helen Clark-JoPPP Award Winners

We are pleased to announce the winners of the Helen-Clark-JoPPP Award for Pharmaceutical Policy and Practice Research: 

Joel Lexchin, University of York, Canada
Shane Desselle, Touro University, USA
Fatima Suleman, University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

They are being presented with the award based on the scientific merit of their work, as well as the impact of their work on patients, decisions makers and on governments.

Journal of Pharmaceutical Policy and Practice is now indexed in ESCI

New Content Item © ClarivateBMC is pleased to announce that Journal of Pharmaceutical Policy and Practice has been accepted for inclusion in both the Emerging Sources Citation Index (ESCI) and International Pharmaceutical Abstracts. The journal's content starting from January 1, 2018 will be indexed in Web of Science.

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About the Editor

Zaheer-Ud-Din Babar is Professor in Medicines and Healthcare at the Department of Pharmacy, University of Huddersfield, United Kingdom.

He is globally recognized for his research in pharmaceutical policy and practice, including the quality use of medicines, clinical pharmacy practice, access to medicines and issues related to pharmacoeconomics. Previously he was the Head of Pharmacy Practice at School of Pharmacy, Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences, University of Auckland, New Zealand. A pharmacist by training and a Ph.D. in pharmacy practice, Prof. Babar is the recipient of prestigious “Research Excellence Award” from the University of Auckland.

Journal history

In December 2008, Southern Med Review was started by Prof. Zaheer Babar to promote pharmaceutical policy research at a global level. The journal has been unique in publishing the work of new researchers, documenting the pharmaceutical situation of low- and middle-income countries and debating pertinent pharmaceutical policy questions. The journal's work has been recognized at a global level and, according to WHO, it fulfilled a global need. For example, published studies have been instrumental in changing medicines policies in certain regions, especially in Vietnam and Thailand. The journal is indexed in Scopus, EMBASE and PubMed Central and in 2013 has been relaunched as Journal of Pharmaceutical Policy and Practice by BioMed Central.

Journal of Pharmaceutical Policy and Practice is affiliated with The University of Auckland and Auckland UniServices Ltd.

Archival content

An electronic archive of content under the journal's previous name Southern Med Review (2009-2012) can be found on PubMed Central.

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