- Factors limiting drug availability:
- cost and national policies
- priorities for limited supplies
- Program managers need to consider:
- local prevalence of STDs
- availablility of effective drugs
- safe and secure storage
For STD management, providers need a dependable supply of effective
Several factors may limit drug availability. Drugs to treat
STDs can be expensive. Access to these drugs may be limited
by national drug policies, or by ordering and distribution systems.
Priorities for using limited drug supplies to treat other medical
conditions may mean that the same drugs are not available for
In managing drug supplies, programs need to consider local
prevalence of STDs, the availability of drugs, and the effectiveness
of affordable drugs against microorganisms found in the area.
Proper storage of drugs for treating STD and AIDS-related infections
is critical. These drugs are mostly antibiotics that may lose
their potency if not protected from excessive sunlight, moisture
or heat. No drug should be used beyond its expiration date.
Increasing the dosage of such drugs to compensate for loss of
potency should never be attempted because of serious risk of
overdosage and toxicity. Storage areas should be secured to
prevent unauthorized access.