An international comparison of medicines regulations
There is very little information on the effectiveness of drag regulation which can be used when devising new and better legislation. The World Health Organization commenced the European Studies of Drug Regulation almost a decade ago in the belief that it is possible to measure the effects of regulation with some degree of objectivity.
The same assessment of performance should be applied to drug regulation as to any other form of control. A law should have the social effect it was intended to have and it should not have unwanted effects.
Any drug legislation should meet eight criteria, namely good law and regulation must be general, publicized, understandable, obeyable, stable and implemented as announced. It must not be retroactive or contradictory.
Drug laws must be integrated, both within themselves and externally, with economic, trade and social regulations.
If regulation is inadequate, society will find other ways of protecting itself. Balanced, sensible and creative measures are required to ensure that drugs do as much good as possible and as little harm.
KeywordsMedicine Regulation Unwanted Effect Drug Regulation Negative Criterion Fourth Sound
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