Southern Med Review

Southern Med Review (SMR) was a peer reviewed pharmaceutical policy journal and the first issue (Vol 1 Issue 1) of the journal was published in Dec 2008. Since its beginning, nine issues have been published.  

The content covered issues ranging from medicines access (governance, development and pharmaceutical systems, pharmacoeconomics, medicine pricing policies, patents and TRIPS, and affordability) as well as medicines use (socio-behavioural aspects of medicine use, pharmacoepidemiology, pharmacovigilance, drug utilization studies, pharmacy practice issues and concerns).

Previous issues can be accessed here

The main aim of SMR was to promote pharmaceutical policy research from low and middle-income countries – a job which the journal did well. SMR provided opportunity and support to emerging researchers with 30 to 40% of the contributors being first-time authors.

The journal also published studies on the pharmaceutical situation of countries where little or no pharmaceutical literature was available e.g. Slovenia, Macedonia and Afghanistan.

SMR was commended by the World Health Organisation (WHO) and its policy impact was evident from published studies which were instrumental in changes in the medicines pricing policies of Vietnam and Thailand.


Journal of Pharmaceutical Policy and Practice (JoPPP)

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In 2013, the Southern Med Review was relaunched as Journal of Pharmaceutical Policy and Practice by BioMed Central.  

View the relaunch editorial: Southern Med Review to Journal of Pharmaceutical Policy and Practice: broadening the remit!

The Journal is affiliated with the University of Auckland and Auckland UniServices Ltd.


JoPPP's open access policy allows maximum visibility of articles published in the journal as they are available to a wide, global audience. For more information on publishing your next research article, please view the PDF below:

Editor-in-Chief of Journal of Pharmaceutical Policy and Practice