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Special Health Problems of Island Developing and other Specially Disadvantaged Countries

Report of a Meeting of Experts, London, 21–25 January 1980

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This is the report of an expert group, convened to focus on the special health problems of island developing and other specially disadvantaged countries. The members of the expert group were invited to examine the problems and to make recommendations as to how they should most effectively be tackled, by individual governments, by regional groups of countries and by the Commonwealth Secretariat and other agencies, within available resources.



This report includes a list of the conclusions reached, a summary of the discussions, an introductory paper prepared by the Secretariat, papers prepared by participants who led the discussion on particular topics, and other papers contributed by participants.

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Pharmaceuticals

Problems encountered by small countries concerning the procurement, storage, distribution and dispensing of medicinal drugs were discussed by the meeting. It was pointed out that in some countries there was little treatment with drugs outside hospitals, because of the high cost of imported drugs, and that where some drugs were available these were often used inappropriately. At present most of the information doctors received about drugs came from the companies which sold them.

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