Pharmaceutical care is an integral part of social and health care. The MSAH is responsible for the development of pharmaceutical care and preparing legislation concerning pharmaceuticals.
The aim is to have an efficient, safe, appropriate and cost effective system of medical treatment available to all who need it. The proper availability and professionally competent distribution of pharmaceuticals is safeguarded at all times.
Medicines policy 2020
Health authorities and stakeholders in the field of medicines have set out their joint objectives in the Medicines Policy 2020.
- Pharmaceutical service is a part of the social welfare and healthcare service system
- The pharmaceutical service is of high quality, efficient and cost effective
- Rational pharmacotherapy and good medication safety enhance the wellbeing of the population, improve public health and decrease the healthcare expenditures
- Pharmaceutical research enhances health, wellbeing and employment
- Veterinary pharmaceutical service safeguards public health and promotes the wellbeing of people and animals
The MSAH directs the pharmaceutical policy objectives of the ministry together with the agencies under its guidance. Medicines Policy 2020 is a part of the MSAH social and health policy strategy.
- Medicines Policy 2010: Towards efficient, safe, rational and cost effective use of medicines (in Finnish)
The MSAH has drawn up national guidelines on principles and best practices for the provision of pharmacotherapy.
Rational Pharmacotherapy Action Plan
The Rational Pharmacotherapy Action Plan is one of the projects listed in the Government Programme of Prime Minister Juha Sipilä’s Government. On 18 January 2016, the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health appointed a steering group for the Rational Pharmacotherapy Action Plan. The steering group’s term of office ended on 31 December 2017. The Action Plan was formulated by means of a network-like way of working.
The main objectives of the Action Plan related to the effectiveness, safety, quality and economic efficiency of pharmaceutical treatments. In addition to these aspects, the aim of the programme was to promote the objectives set out in the Government Programme to narrow health disparities and manage costs.
Finnish National Medicines Day
The National Medicines Day is a national day for both medicine users and health care professionals. It was celebrated for the first time in 2012 on the theme ‘know your medicines'.