How to Develop a National Formulary Based on the WHO Model Formulary - A Practical Guide
(2004; 45 pages) View the PDF document
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Close this folder1 INTRODUCTION
View the documentObjectives
View the documentThe need for formularies
View the documentWhat is a formulary?
View the documentThe essential medicines concept
View the documentThe WHO model list of essential medicines and the WHO model formulary
Open this folder and view contents2 OVERVIEW OF THE NATIONAL FORMULARY PROCESS
Open this folder and view contents3 DEVELOPING THE PRELIMINARY INFORMATION SECTION
Open this folder and view contents4 DEVELOPMENT OF THERAPEUTIC INFORMATION AND MONOGRAPHS USING THE WHO MODEL FORMULARY
Open this folder and view contents5 ADDITIONAL SOURCES OF INFORMATION
Open this folder and view contents6 DEVELOPING SPECIFIC INFORMATION SECTIONS
Open this folder and view contents7 PRODUCTION, DISTRIBUTION AND IMPLEMENTATION
Open this folder and view contents8 EVALUATION
Open this folder and view contents9 REVIEW AND UPDATE
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Objectives

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.

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