• More than 50% of all medicines are prescribed, dispensed or sold inappropriately
  • Half of all patients fail to take medicines correctly
  • More than 50% of all countries do not implement basic policies to promote rational use of medicines
  • CDMU - Reaching out to bring essential medicines within reach and making quality healthcare affordable

Medicine Access

In order to achieve our mission; to improve access to and deliver high-quality essential medicines and medical supplies at the lowest possible price to our member organizations; we focus on four core pillars...


Promoting the concept of essential medicines aiming to develop close relations and for campaign on rational use of medicines to reach out more people...

Irrational or non-rational use is the use of medicines in a way that is not compliant with rational use as defined above. Worldwide more than 50% of all medicines are prescribed, dispensed, or sold inappropriately, while 50% of patients fail to take them correctly. Moreover, about one-third of the world’s population lacks access to essential medicines. Common types of irrational medicine use are:

The use of too many medicines per patient (polypharmacy)
Inappropriate use of antimicrobials, often in inadequate dosage, for non-bacterial infections
Over-use of injections when oral formulations would be more appropriate
Failure to prescribe in accordance with clinical guidelines
Inappropriate self-medication, often of prescription only medicines

Furthermore, over-use of antimicrobials is leading to increased antimicrobial resistance and non-sterile injections to the transmission of hepatitis, HIV/AIDS and other blood-borne diseases. Finally, irrational over-use of medicines can stimulate inappropriate patient demand, and lead to reduced access and attendance rates due to medicine stock-outs and loss of patient confidence in the health system. CDMU took-up this challenges and conduct research understand the problems. The following research conducted by CDMU are as follows:

Feasibility study - Expansion of Access to Medicine Program in Jharkhand
Report on research project ‘Fixed-dose combination in India, inception – marketing – a study’