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Vietnam’s Ministry of Health is seeking public comments on the Draft Circular Promulgated List of Essential Drugs.

This draft circular specifies the principles in developing the criteria for selection of essential drugs. The draft specifies the following:

  • The list of essential drugs must be based on the criteria for drug selection prescribed in clause 2 of this circular.
  • For pharmaceutical drugs, biologicals: The names of drugs on the lists must be inscribed according to international names of active ingredients or mixtures of active ingredients in drug formulas.
  • Drugs considered for selection on the list of essential drugs must meet the general and specific criteria as specified in clause 2.

Public comments will be accepted until August 3, 2018.