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close this bookGuidelines for the Storage of Essential Medicines and other Health Commodities (JSI, UNICEF, USAID, WHO; 2003; 114 pages) View the PDF document
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View the documentAcknowledgements
View the documentRoutine Warehouse or Storeroom Management Tasks
open this folder and view contents1. Receiving and Arranging Commodities
open this folder and view contents2. Keeping Track of Products in Your Storeroom
open this folder and view contents3. Maintaining the Quality of Your Products
open this folder and view contents4. Setting Up Your Medical Store
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View the document6. Bibliography
close this folder7. Annexes
View the documentAnnex 1: Resources
View the documentAnnex 2: Suggested Reading
View the documentAnnex 3: Sample Forms
View the documentAnnex 4: Medicine Names
View the documentAnnex 5: Conversion Factors

Annex 2: Suggested Reading

Most of the documents listed below are published by the World Health Organization. World Wide Web links are provided, but if you do not have access to the Internet, information on how to obtain the WHO documents is available from-

World Health Organization
EDM Documentation Center
CH-1211 Geneva 27
Tel: +41-22-791-211
Fax: +41-22-791-4167


Guide to Good Storage Practices for Pharmaceuticals.
(Annex 9 to the Thirty-seventh Report of the WHO Expert Committee on Specifications for Pharmaceutical Preparations). WHO. 2001.

Model List of Essential Medicines (13th list).
WHO. April 2003.

Quick JD, Rankin JR, Laing RO, O’Connor RW, Hogerzeil HV, Dukes MN, Garnett A, (editors). 1997. Managing Drug Supply. 2nd ed. West Hartford CT: Kumarian Press.

Interagency Guidelines: Operational Principles for Good Pharmaceutical Procurement.
WHO/EDM/PAR/99.5. WHO. 2000.

Model Guidelines for the International Provision of Controlled Medicines for Emergency Medical Care.
WHO/PSA/96.16. WHO. 1996.

Interagency Guidelines: Guidelines for Drug Donations, revised 1999.
WHO/EDM/PAR/99.4. WHO. 1999.

Unhelpful Donations.
(WHO reporting form).

How to Estimate Warehouse Space for Drugs.
WHO/DAP/93.3. WHO. 1993.
http://www.who.int/medicines/library/dap/who-dap-93-3/ who-dap-93-3.htm

Achieving Balance in National Opioids Control Policy-Guidelines for Assessment.
WHO/EDM/QSM/2000.4. WHO. 2000.

AHRTAG. 1994. How to Manage a Health Centre Store: Updated second edition. London: Appropriate Health Resources and Technologies Action Group.

Temperature and Stability

Stability of Essential Medicines in Tropical Climates: Zimbabwe.
WHO/DAP/94.16. WHO. 1996.

Stability of Oral Oxytocics in Tropical Climates.
WHO/DAP/94.13. WHO. 1995.

Stability of Injectable Oxytocics in Tropical Climates.
WHO/DAP/93.6. WHO. 1993.

Nonproprietary Names for Pharmaceuticals

General Principles for Guidance in Devising International Nonproprietary Names for Pharmaceutical Substances.
WHO. 2001.

International Nonproprietary Names.

International Nonproprietary Names (INN) for Pharmaceutical Substances: Names for Radicals & Groups Comprehensive List.

Product Information Sheets, 2000 edition. WHO Department of Vaccines and Biologicals. (Contains information on refrigerators, freezers, thermometers, cold rooms, and waste management.)

Guideline for Establishing or Improving Primary and Intermediate Vaccine Stores.

Waste Management

Safe Management of Wastes from Health-Care Activities.
WHO. 1999.

WHO Aide-Memoire: Safe Health-Care Waste Management.
WHO. September 2000.
http://www.who.int/bct/Main_areas of work/SIGN/pdf_documents/hcwaste.pdf

Health-Care Waste Management: At a Glance.
WHO. June 2003.

“First, Do No Harm.” Introducing Auto-disable Syringes and Ensuring Injection Safety in Immunization Systems of Developing Countries.
WHO/V&B/02.26. WHO. 2002.

Interagency Guidelines: Guidelines for Safe Disposal of Unwanted Pharmaceuticals In and After Emergencies.
WHO/EDM/PAR/99.2. WHO. 1999.

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