In 1995, the WHO Expert Committee on the Use of Essential Drugs
recommended that WHO develop a Model Formulary which would
complement the WHO Model List of Essential Drugs (the “Model List”). It
was considered that such a WHO Model Formulary would be a useful resource
for countries wishing to develop their own national formulary. The WHO
Model Formulary was first published in August 2002.
In this edition, we have reverted to the structure and sections used in the
WHO Model List. Although this may not always reflect ideal therapeutic
categories, it has been done as part of the process of updating the entire WHO
Medicines Library, which now has one interlinked structure that includes the
formulary information as well as other information about the listed medicines.
Countries or organizations which choose to adapt the Model Formulary for
their own purposes may wish to adjust the structure to suit their needs...