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Services provided by medical specialists who generally do not have first contact with patients. These are typically specialists (e.g., cardiologists…
Continuity of care provided when transitioning from one health care setting to another, allowing pharmacy care to be carried out without any…
Self-medication is the treatment of common health problems with medicines especially designed and labelled for use without medical supervision and…
An unexpected occurrence at a health care facility involving death or serious physical or psychological injury, or the risk thereof. Serious injury…
All activities consisting of the delivery and distribution of selected assortments of medicines on a defined market. Synonym: Short-line wholesaling…
A single social health insurance institution. In some countries there are several sickness funds operating (Austria) or even competing each other (…
Distribution system at wholesale level. A wholesaler has the exclusive right to distribute medicines – usually all products – of one manufacturer. In…
A medicine that can be purchased from one manufacturer since it is patent-protected (on-patent medicine). Cf. generic
Social health insurance is a type of health care provision, often funded through insurance contributions by employers and employees as well as state…
A person or organisation with a legitimate interest in a topic related to health care. Stakeholders may be: - pharmaceutical manufacturers -…
A diagnostic and treatment process that a clinician should follow for a certain type of patient, illness, or clinical circumstance.
Pricing procedure, where medicine prices are set on a regulatory basis (e.g. law, enactment, decree).
A pharmaceutical product free of organisms and pyrogens.
Management of medicine stocks in a hospital or any other step of a delivery chain. Good distribution practices suggest the following principles for…
The storing of pharmaceutical products up to the point of use.
SPC gives original products a complementary period of market exclusivity beyond patent expiry to compensate for delays of marketing in the…
Persons or company providing medicines on request. Suppliers include manufacturers, distribution actors and (parallel) traders.
Schedule of quantities of a product (good/service) that potential sellers are willing and able to sell at a given price during a certain period and…
Policies that are applied by governments (e.g. public authorities and public payers in the healthcare system) to control prices and/or profit, manage…
All elective invasive therapies provided, under general or local anaesthesia, to day care patients whose post-surveillance and convalescence stay…