World Health Organization
 Collaborating Center on
 Pharmaceutical Policy

    Improving Access to and Use of Essential Medicines

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Medicines and Insurance Coverage (MedIC) Initiative



Glossary of Terms Used for Pharmaceuticals and Pharmaceutical Policies in Low- and Middle-Income Countries



The World Health Organization Collaborating Center in Pharmaceutical Policy is jointly formed by the following organizations:
The Center for Global Health & Development (CGHD) at Boston University is a multidisciplinary research center that engages faculty from across the University to help solve the critical global health and social development challenges of our time. The mission of the center is not only to conduct high-quality applied research, but also to advocate for the use of this research to improve the health of underserved populations around the world. Through our collaborative work with scientists worldwide, we also seek to strengthen individual and institutional capacity to conduct and utilize research.

Over 90 employees and field staff are engaged in center-based research activities in more than 20 countries. They include clinical scientists trained in infectious diseases, internal medicine, and pediatrics; epidemiologists and demographers trained in the core public health disciplines; social scientists ranging from economists and lawyers to medical anthropologists; as well as a diverse range of experts from other professions.

Contact information:

Boston Office

Center for Global Health & Development
Boston University
Crosstown Center, 3rd Floor
801 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston, MA 02118
Telephone: +1-617-414-1260
Fax: +1-617-414-1261

Field Offices

While the CGHDs main operating office is located in Boston, Massachusetts, the center is engaged in research and service activities around the world. To enhance the breadth and presence of its international work, the center has established field offices in Zambia, South Africa, India, and Kenya. For contact information, refer to the CGHD country program pages.

The Department of Poulation Medicine (DPM) is jointly sponsored by Harvard Medical School and Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Institute. The nation's only medical school department that is jointly sponsored by a health plan, DPM is actively engaged in both research and teaching.

The DPM leads in the creation and dissemination of new knowledge and skills essential to maximizing the health of defined populations within available resources. The DPM programs are divided into seven areas of focus:
  • Promoting health through prevention
  • Improving the quality and cost effectiveness of medical care
  • Understanding and overcoming disparities in care
  • Using information technology to improve and protect health
  • Using evidence to build sound policy
  • Creating national and global partnerships for health research
  • Training the next generation of clinical, research, and health systems leaders

  • The WHOCCPP is also the home of the Boston International Network for the Rational Use of Drugs (INRUD) Group.


    Information from the Third International Conference for Improving Use of Medicines, ICIUM2011