Essentials medicines, one of the WHO topics, are those that satisfy the priority health care needs of the population. Essential medicines are intended to be available at all times as part of a functioning health system in sufficient amounts, in the appropriate dosage forms, with assured quality and appropriate information, and at a price that individuals and the community can afford.

Even in first world countries shortages of basic and essential medicines occur for various reasons. For example, physicians may need a particular medicine for palliative care and find that the dosage form required is not available. There is therefore a clear need for a database where the information for compounding essential medicines is provided.

The initiator of this database is Dr. pharm. Peter Frauch.

For more than 30 years Dr. Frauch has collected information on medical compounds while working in a hospital pharmacy in Switzerland. His aim is to provide compounding information on essential and other important medicines that are mainly processed by hospital pharmacies in developing countries with a restricted health budget. With this information, health care professionals in hospital pharmacies are able to compound the drugs themselves in cases of shortage or non-availability.

After many years of co-working with Dr. Frauch, the group Pharmaceutical Technology at the Zurich University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW) has taken over the project with a view to pushing it into the future, together with Dr. Frauch as an esteemed consultant.