• More than 50% of all medicines are prescribed, dispensed or sold inappropriately
  • Half of all patients fail to take medicines correctly
  • More than 50% of all countries do not implement basic policies to promote rational use of medicines
  • CDMU - Reaching out to bring essential medicines within reach and making quality healthcare affordable

Rational Drug Bulletin - Mission Statement

CDMU began its activity by procuring essential medicines and distributing them among the NGO member organizations on non-profit basis. Major conflict developed when the demand profile from MOs widely differed from the essential drugs procured by CDMU. This necessitated CDMU's effort for campaign for rational use of medicines (RUM). CDMU took steps to develop to initiative publication called Rational Drug Bulletin [RDB] in the year 1991.

The aims and objective of publication of RDB :
Bulletin shall exclusively deal with rational use of medicines.
It will provide information about the use of essential drugs.
It will deal with the problems of irrational drugs and hazardous drugs.
Special write up on different therapeutic use of essential drugs replacing the irrational drugs shall be regularly published.
The bulletin shall evaluate claims on the efficacy of newly introduced drugs.
Efficacy of the largely sold irrational drugs shall be regularly analyzed.
Need of quality of medicines shall be campaigned.
Important articles from other journals in similar areas shall also be published with due acknowledgement of the authors.
The bulletin shall also endeavor for a Rational Medicinal Policy.
The bulletin shall also campaign on access to essential drugs.
Bulletins aim to reach the medical profession, para-medical staff, pharmacists and policy makers.
Rational Drug Bulletin shall co-ordinate with other similar journals nationally and internationally.

Philosophy behind RDB

It has been rightly said that Medicine = Active substance + Appropriate information. CDMU subscribes to this philosophy and believes that it is futile to try to promote the concept of rational drug use without trying to bridge the vast information gap that exists in this field.CDMU's flagship publication, the quarterly rational drug bulletin, is a modest endeavor in this direction and has been published uninterruptedly for the last 19 years.

Evaluation of publication of RDB

In the year 2007 CDMU gave drive to enhance membership of the bulletin.The drive was given to member organization especially as a part of providing medicine information.During the time it was found that many of the article published in the RDB was understood by the members.The publication cost of the bulletin has to supported from medicines supply.Therefore it was decided in the committee to make the bulletin acceptable to the members and is to sustainable.

New Issues

We have initiated the publication of Rational Drug Bulletin from January 2014 and it will be an e-bulletin with limited printed version. A member can receive the copy of the bulletin through email in each quarter by registering at http://www.cdmuindia.org/request-membership.aspx.

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