Rational use of drugs requires access to objective drug information. Health professionals need a good understanding of the therapeutic action, the possible hazards and the cost of drugs they prescribe; the publics need to know the do’s and don’ts of self-medication and the general principles of drug use and storage. Drug information is disseminated among others through bulletins, posters and brochures. Considering the need for disseminating drug information, the Drug Administration and Control Authority (DACA) has been providing objective, unbiased, and up-to-date drug information through bulletin, posters, brochures and radio. The bulletins were prepared in Amharic and English language, under the Title “DRUG INFORMATION BULLETIN” and ” ZENA MEDHANIT”. These were prepared and distributed to health professionals quarterly. Posters and brochures were prepared & distributed and information on the use of drugs was delivered to the public through radio.
However, the above activities were not carried out in an organized way through well-established Drug Information Center. And the absence of task-oriented guideline has added to this problem. This was why some of the activities were lacking continuity.