|Ethiopian National Drug Formulary, First Edition, 2008
(2008; 543 pages)
The Formulary aims to provide standard information on drugs. And it targets all
health professionals involved in patient care, training and research and others.
Therefore the over all goal of the formularly is to help health professionals base
their practice on solid information and knowledge to promote rational use of
While developing the formulary the “World Health Organization (WHO)
Model Drug Formulary” has been used as a guiding tool and the pharmacotherapeutic
classification is based on the list of drugs for Ethiopia (LIDE) and its
supplement list. To accommodate as much information as possible on each
drug, formularies of other countries (eg.South Africa) and standard text books of
pharmacy, pharmacology and therapeutics has also been used. The District
Hospital formulary has also been extensively refered.
The formulary contains detailed information on each pharmaco-therapeutic
class of drugs and specific information for each drugs including indication,
caution, drug interaction, contraindication, side effect, dose and administration
and information on storage condition. The formulary also contains general
notes on good prescribing and dispensing practices, and supplementary
information as appendixes.
The formulary is designed as a digest for rapid reference and it may not always
include all the information necessary for prescribing and dispensing. And by no
means it does substitute standard treatment guidelines. We hope, that this formulary will be of assistance in providing useful
information to the health workers and in promoting the rational use of drugs
and as result proviosn of quality health services. It is also hoped that the
formulary will be of particular use to those health professionals working at the
periphery who have no access to adequate and up to date information...