Introduction to the New Jordan Chapter

INRUD Jordan Chapter aims to improve the rational use of medicine in Jordan through conducting baseline research, advocacy and capacity building on the level of health care providers and patients. The social and behavioral aspects of medicine use represent an important area that INRUD Jordan is interested in exploring its facets and impact on the actual use of medicine.  Rational selection of medicines, development of standard treatment guidelines and improving pharmacovigilance and safe use of medicines are also key priorities for the group.

Capacity building activities will be on the group agenda for 2014. Training and education in pharmacoeconomics, pharmacovigilance, and evidence base medicine represent an essential need in Jordan. These activities will be the building block that will open the way for using evidence and research in improving the use of medicines on the level of policy change and implementation.

INRUD Jordan chapter is characterized by its multistakholder nature and the diversity of experience of its members. The group consists of pharmacists, physicians, health care quality specialist and a social scientist. 

INRUD Jordan group looks at young generation of medical students as an opportunity for change and excellence. Therefore, young generation pharmacist, Pharm D student along with other students from other medical field will have a chance to participate in INRUD Jordan chapter activities.

INRUD Group Reports

To keep up to date with INRUD group activities we will post new and updated INRUD group reports as they are sent in. They are in chronological order (newest first) and are in pdf format. They have not been edited. If you double click on the link the reports will open in a separate window. As new groups join we will post their profile on this page. So although at present we are unable to produce the INRUD News, we can all still keep in touch with country activities.

INRUD Newsletter

INRUD News May 2012
Read about the latest INRUD activities in the May 2012 INRUD News. In this issue:
  • Cover Article: Another Milestone for INRUD: The Third International Conference on Improving Use of Medicines (ICIUM 2011)

  • INRUD Group Reports

  • Comments on Recent Articles

  • Recent Articles
  • Recent Articles on Adherence
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INRUD-IAA Working to Improve Adherence to Antiretroviral Treatment in East Africa

Patient in Nairobi, KenyaAlthough many countries are scaling-up antiretroviral therapy (ART) programs, no one has developed any practical approaches to monitor how well patients adhere to their treatment. Accepted wisdom is that if the ART adherence rate is less than 90–95 percent, treatment can fail, and the human immunodeficiency virus may become resistant to medicines. Therefore, the ability to accurately monitor treatment adherence and address problems immediately is crucial to the success of ART. The International Network for the Rational Use of Drugs Initiative on Adherence to Antiretrovirals (INRUD-IAA) is taking on the challenge.

A Snapshot of ART Adherence Tracking in Five Countries

In a 2006 assessment of how ART programs were tracking patient adherence in Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, and Uganda, results found that facilities routinely gathered useful information that could be used to monitor adherence and treatment defaulting, but the ways facilities gathered and analyzed data varied: Only 20 of 48 facilities routinely measured individual patient adherence levels, and only 12 measured overall adherence for their clinic population. Fourteen different definitions of treatment default were in use—ranging from one day to six months following a missed appointment. In a follow-up meeting, stakeholders agreed on the need to standardize definitions of adherence and defaulting and define standard indicators to help identify patients at risk and monitor ART program performance. The measurement method would need to be practical, affordable, reproducible in any setting, and produce reliable results. >> Read More

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