Academic journal article Bulletin of the World Health Organization

WHO Model Prescribing Information: Drugs Used in Skin Diseases

Academic journal article Bulletin of the World Health Organization

WHO Model Prescribing Information: Drugs Used in Skin Diseases

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This book provides model prescribing information for essential drugs used in the treatment of skin diseases. Emphasis is placed on skin diseases commonly found in developing countries, since rural communities in these areas continue to experience considerable disability, disfigurement, and distress caused by curable or controllable diseases. Some rare but life-threatening disorders, such as pemphigus, are also briefly discussed.

The aim is to provide reliable guidelines for treating these diseases -- safely, effectively, and at the lowest possible cost -- in the community and knowing when patients must be referred for highly specialized care. Though emphasis is placed on management using drugs in the WHO Model List of Essential Drugs, the book also discusses prevention through improvements in hygiene, nutrition, housing, sanitation, and other environmental factors.

The book is the product of a consultative process involving internationally accredited experts, the International League of Dermatological Societies, the International Federation of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers Associations, the International Pharmaceutical Federation, the International Union of Pharmacology, and the World Federation of Proprietary Medicine Manufacturers.

The book has two parts. The first briefly profiles common skin diseases, moving from parasitic infections, through fungal, bacterial, and viral infections, to papulosquamous diseases, pigmentary disorders, and malignant melanoma. …

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