‘Globally, most prescribers receive most of their prescribing information from the pharmaceutical industry and in many countries this is the only information they receive.’ World Medicines Report, WHO
The availability of relevant, reliable information on medicines is a prerequisite for the delivery of effective care. Misuse of medicines, and especially antibiotics, is increasingly recognised as a threat to global health.
It is unacceptable that prescribers and users of medicines continue to be denied easy access to reliable, essential information on medicines. Prescribers and users of medicines in low- and middle-income countries need free, independent, reliable, understandable information about medicines, in the language of their choice.
The HIFA Project on Information for Prescribers and Users of Medicines is leading the HIFA community towards the realisation of Information on Medicines For All:
"By 2018, every English-speaking prescriber and user worldwide with internet access will have free access to independent, reliable, understandable information on the full range of commonly prescribed medicines - and will know where to find it. By 2020, such information will be available in at least 6 other major languages."