Sources of drug information in neonatal guidelines of low- and middle-income countries

Int J Pharm Pract. 2019 Jun;27(3):322-324. doi: 10.1111/ijpp.12502. Epub 2019 Jan 2.


Objective: Identify drug information (DI) resources used in neonatal practice guidelines in low- and middle-income countries.

Methods: Individuals with knowledge of national neonatal guideline development completed a descriptive, cross-sectional survey.

Key findings: Eighty-five per cent (33/39) of respondents fully completed the survey. Physicians from university hospitals in Africa were primary respondents. Forty-five per cent (15/33) used a single national neonatal guideline. Primary neonatal resources for drug dosing and preparation were as follows: (1) World Health Organization Pocketbook of Hospital Care for Children, (2) Pediatric & Neonatal Dosage Handbook and (3) National Institute for Health and Care Excellence for Infants and Neonatal pathways.

Conclusion: Low- and middle-income countries with single national neonatal guidelines cite a finite range of DI resources.

Keywords: drug information; guidelines; international; neonatal.

MeSH terms

  • Cross-Sectional Studies
  • Developing Countries
  • Drug Information Services / standards*
  • Health Personnel / statistics & numerical data
  • Humans
  • Neonatology / standards*
  • Practice Guidelines as Topic*
  • Surveys and Questionnaires / statistics & numerical data