Health technologies and medicines

WHO/Europe supports countries in their development of policies and guidance for responsible selection and use of medicines and medical products. Work is performed throughout the WHO European Region, networking with countries and providing them direct technical assistance and support. The focus is on supporting Member States to improve access to quality, affordable essential medicines and their responsible use.

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New WHO/Europe report sheds light on antibiotic consumption in eastern European and central Asian countries

A new WHO/Europe report collates and reviews surveillance data on the consumption of antimicrobial medicines in 11 non-European Union countries and Kosovo (in accordance with the United Nations Security Council resolution 1244 (1999)) from 2011–2014, gathered through the WHO Antimicrobial Medicines Consumption (AMC) Network.


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WHO/Europe works with countries to help them ensure that people have equitable access to affordable medicines of assured quality, and that medicine will be prescribed and used appropriately.

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Health technologies

Technology is used in all types of health facilities, plays a major role in contemporary health care systems and contributes directly to the quality of patient care.

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Country work

National policies on medicines cover all aspects, including manufacturing, patenting, prescribing, regulation, taxation and pricing.