Policy analysis of Iranian pharmaceutical sector; A qualitative study

Fardazar, F.E. and Asiabar, A.S. and Safari, H. and Asgari, M. and Saber, A. and Azar, A.A.E.F. (2019) Policy analysis of Iranian pharmaceutical sector; A qualitative study. Risk Management and Healthcare Policy, 12. pp. 199-208.


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Introduction: Improving public health through providing affordable and accessible pharmaceuticals is among the concerns of governments worldwide. This study aimed to analyze Iran�s pharmaceutical sector policies in order to identify the challenges and suggest some strategic solutions to overcome such challenges. Methods: Top managers (15), middle managers (10), and operational managers (5) working in the Food and Drug Administration of Iranian Ministry of Health along with community pharmacists (5) participated in a qualitative study using semi-structured in-depth interviews. Data were recorded, transcribed, and then analyzed via MAXQDA 10 software. Results: Policies for national pharmaceutical sector were divided into four groups of �research & development�, �import & export�, �pharmaceutical procurement�, and �pharmaceutical supply and distribution�. Then, the challenges faced by each sector were extracted. Considering the challenges, some policy options were recommended for growth and development of national pharmaceutical sector. Conclusion: Iran�s pharmaceutical sector has managerial and administrative differences compared with overseas pharmaceutical sectors. These differences are the main reasons for the current status of Iran�s pharmaceutical sector and have put Iran behind foreign pharmaceutical sectors. Iran�s pharmaceutical sector has endured many critical periods during recent decades and has gained great experience during these stages. Therefore, it is believed that Iran�s pharmaceutical sector, with its experience and potential, is capable of producing world-level medicines. © 2019 Ebadi Fardazar et al.

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Uncontrolled Keywords: adult; Article; clinical decision making; community pharmacist; controlled study; drug industry; female; health care policy; human; Iran; job experience; male; manager; middle aged; public health; semi structured interview
Subjects: Health Professions
Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmaceutics
Divisions: Faculty of Medicine > Basic Sciences > Department of Pharmacology
Depositing User: ART . editor
Date Deposited: 28 Dec 2019 15:58
Last Modified: 28 Dec 2019 15:58
URI: http://eprints.kaums.ac.ir/id/eprint/4767

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