(2004; 45 pages)
The overall aim of this manual is to provide information and tools for the development of national formularies (NF) based on and using the World Health Organization (WHO) model formulary (WMF). The purpose of such formularies is to provide objective unbiased information to health workers in a country and to promote the safe, effective and rational use of medicines.1 Although the drug information included would be based mainly on the WMF, we suggest that a national or institutional formulary should also contain locally useful information.
1 The terms “drug” and “medicine” are used interchangeably in this manual.
The main purpose of this manual is to show how the WMF can best be utilized as a core resource for the production of a NF. The manual is aimed at health professionals and production staff who are involved in the development and maintenance of their NF.