What is it?
The Essential Drug Programme (EDP) in the Department of Health (DOH) publishes an Essential Medicines List and Standard Treatment Guidelines as well as a medicine master procurement catalogue.
- Over 1,100 medicines listed in master procurement catalogue
- Includes supplier, price, lead time and contract end date
- XLSX file is updated monthly
- Essential medicines and treatment guidelines in PDF
Why is it Important?
The EDP aims to ensure equal access to medicines for all South Africans by defining essential medicines and treatment guidelines, and negotiating medicine pricing and supply contracts which are published in the master procurement catalogue. Public health facilities and practitioners can refer to these guidelines and the catalogue to ensure they are providing essential medicines at the best price.
How can it be accessed and used?
There are two main data sources of interest under the EDP:
- Essential Medicines List and Standard Treatment Guidelines published as a series of large PDF files related to specific topics such as PHC (Primary Healthcare Level), Hospital level (Adults) and Hospital level (Paediatrics).
- Master procurement catalogue is published as an XLSX spreadsheet and is updated monthly with current medicines, suppliers, pricing, lead times, contract start dates and contract end dates.
Master procurement catalogue for medicine used in public health facilities
Standard Treatment Guidelines and Essential Medicines List for South Africa Primary Healthcare Level 2018 Edition
Resource contact name:Essential Drug Programme South Africa, Directorate: Affordable Medicines
Creation or start date:2018-12-11
Resource contact updated at:2018-12-14
Spatial coverage South Africa http://www.geonames.org/953987/south-africa.html