A roundtable discussion on the “Rational Use of Drugs” was organised by the School of Pharmacy, BRAC University on 4 September, 2022 at GDLN (Global Development Learning Network) Center, BRAC University.
The event was chaired by Professor Dr. Eva Rahman Kabir, Dean, School of Pharmacy, BRAC University, and conducted by the convenor of this roundtable, Dr Sharmind Neelotpol, and Dr Mesbah Talukdar, Associate Professors of the school.
In the two-hour-long discussion, emphasis was given on how rational use of drugs can be ensured in Bangladesh. Several causes of the irrational use of drugs were identified and how healthcare professionals can come together to solve these problems were discussed. The discussion further highlighted the possible solutions to these problems, one of which may be the awareness in the general population. Stakeholders involved in the healthcare system, starting from the manufacturers of medicines to the end users, will need to fulfill their responsibilities diligently. Collaboration among hospitals, pharmaceutical industries and academia was also highlighted.
Another issue identified is the absence of universal health insurance coverage and inadequate access to essential drugs, which may lead to self-medication, misuse of over-the-counter (OTC) medication, and concurrent use of several medications. To overcome this situation diligent monitoring is required. Irrational use of medicines is a major global health challenge and thus requires holistic strategies to ensure the rational use of drugs.